Health Ministry Allows Iranian Pilgrims to Visit Saudi Arabia despite Spread of Corona Virus
Although the government of Saudi Arabia has already issued warnings about the spread of corona virus during upcoming Hajj ceremony, the Health Minister of Iran announced on Tuesday that corona virus doesn’t pose any risks to Iranian pilgrims visiting this country.
“Fortunately, we have not yet received any reports about the infection of Iranian pilgrims in this regard. According to studies conducted by Ministry of Health and Medical Education, this virus is unable to infect Iranian pilgrims at this point.” Dr. Mahmoud Nabavi, Deputy Minister of Health, told a press-conference in Tehran on Tuesday.
“Corona virus has only hit Eastern regions of Saudi Arabia. The number of infected people in religious cities like Medina and Mecca is ignorable. However, the Ministry Health of Iran will work out closely with Iranian and Saudi Arabian Hajj Organizations to tackle any probable issues with regard to corona virus. We will also keep monitoring the health status of Iranian pilgrims during their residency in Saudi Arabia.” Mahmoud Nabavi added.
Iranian Deputy Minister of Health also went on to say that World Health Organization (WHO) has provided the medical kit of corona virus to Iran’s Ministry. “Currently, we are ready to help the Health Ministry of Saudi Arabia, if necessary. Iranian medics have received enough educations with regard to healing and caring infected persons.”
“At the time being, we don’t need to limit travels to Saudi Arabia, as this virus doesn’t pose high risks to Iranian pilgrims.” Dr. Mahmoud Nabavi concluded.
Coronaviruses are species in the genera of virus belonging to the subfamily Coronavirinae in the family Coronaviridae. Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses with a positive-sense RNA genome and with a nucleocapsid of helical symmetry.