Main shrines of Islam are close to visit

for the First time in the history of the outbreak caused by coronavirus, a new type COVID-19 disease indefinitely closed the two main shrines of Islam — the Grand mosque in Mecca and the prophet’s Mosque in Medina.

the Purpose of such measures is the prevention of the spread of the virus. The ban on visits to mosques comes into force from March 20 and will operate as long as the virus will not back down.

Earlier in Saudi Arabia announced the termination of the mass prayers in all the mosques, the exception was made only for the two major Islamic shrines, reminds TASS.

To date, the Kingdom has identified 274 cases of disease caused by a coronavirus. The government postponed indefinitely for subjects and for living in the Kingdom of aliens will die (small Hajj), which, unlike the big Hajj, can be performed at any time of the year. Also cancelled all entertainment and sports events, conferences, suspended flights.

Mosque in Mecca and Medina are considered along with the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, the main Holy shrines of the Muslims. The Grand mosque in Mecca after the last reconstruction the capacity to host over one million believers. The prophet’s mosque in Medina was laid during the life of Muhammad, later it was repeatedly enlarged and adorned.

the Outbreak caused by a novel coronavirus, the disease was recorded in the end of 2019 in China, she was later recognized by the world health organization (who) pandemic. According to the latest data, only in the world of over 210 thousand infected about 8.5 thousand cases died. Russia has registered 199 cases of infection with coronavirus.