Latest: Saudi Arabia empties Makkah for sterilisation over coronavirus fears – Jumma prayers resume

On Thursday Saudi Arabia emptied Islam’s holiest site Masjid Al Haram for sterilisation over fears of the new coronavirus, an unprecedented move after the kingdom suspended the year-round Umrah pilgrimage. State television relayed stunning images of an empty white-tiled area surrounding the Kaaba at the centre of the structure inside Makkah’s Grand Mosque, which is usually packed with thousands of pilgrims from every corner of … Continue reading Latest: Saudi Arabia empties Makkah for sterilisation over coronavirus fears – Jumma prayers resume