Saudi Arabia bars pilgrims from bringing in foodstuffs

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Acting on World Health Organization recommendations to counter the spread of cholera, Saudi Health Ministry spokesman said yesterday that pilgrims arriving in the Kingdom are having food and drinks confiscated. The ministry emphasized that no outbreak of infectious diseases has been reported and that this move is merely in response to advice from the WHO.
“We have gone into action promptly to keep the disease away from our doorsteps and we have totally banned Umrah pilgrims from bringing food or drinks,” said Khalid Al-Mirghalani in an interview with Arab News. He said the Ministry of Health is paying special attention to pilgrims coming from countries that have reported cholera outbreaks, such as Iran, Iraq and Bangladesh.

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