No sign of Mers epidemic in Saudi ahead of haj: Minister
Saudi Arabia (AFP) - Saudi authorities have not yet recorded any cases of the deadly MERS virus ahead of the annual hajj that starts Sunday, with the kingdom hosting some two million Muslim pilgrims.
"So far, no case for any epidemic has been recorded among the pilgrims, especially the coronavirus," local media on Thursday quoted Health Minister Abdullah al-Rabia as saying.
The MERS virus has already claimed 58 lives worldwide, with the greatest number of deaths from the respiratory disease - 49 - in Saudi Arabia itself.
"The ministry has put in place very strict measures this year," Al-Riyadh daily cited the health minister as saying.