Faizel Patel - 23/03/2020
Saudi Arabian authorities have removed musallah’s or prayer mats from the Haram in Makkah and Masjid-un-Nabawi in Madinah as a precautionary measure to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.
The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reports the move is in line with the directives of Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, chief of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques.
The presidency says the carpets have been removed as part of the Kingdom's efforts to prevent any infection of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of the worshipers and visitors to the Two Holy Mosques.
Sheikh Al-Sudais also reviewed the measures taken by the presidency to combat the virus.
On Friday authorities suspended the entry and prayer in the piazzas (outer courtyards) of the Haram and Masjid Nabawi.
Earlier, Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Sheikh urged the believers to offer funeral prayers in the premises of cemeteries.
Saudi authorities on Sunday reported new 19 cases of coronavirus, bringing the total infections in the kingdom to 511.