» 11/19/2009, 00.00
Swine Flu: no deaths among the faithful to Mecca, but pilgrims are down by 70%
The Saudi Ministry of Health confirms that there are no victims from H1N1 among Muslims travelling to the holy places on the Haj. Strengthened control measures to prevent the spread of the virus. Sharp decline in number of pilgrims and heavy losses in the field of religious tourism. The latest data from WHO.
30/10/2009 SAUDI ARABIA
Swine flu a hoax by business interest, Saudi religious scholar says
A member of the Senior Ulema Council claims pandemics is a hoax and that only “God decides in the matter”. He backs his argument by saying that during Ramadan, the number of funerals did not rise over the previous year, and that many of the people he knew did not get the disease despite not being vaccinated.
23/07/2009 SAUDI ARABIA
Swine flu pushes authorities to warn pilgrims to be prudent about pilgrimage to Makkah
Officials from Muslim states agree to precautionary measures. Saudis will not however cut national quotas. About three million faithful make umrah each year.
06/08/2009 IRAN – SAUDI ARABIA
Tehran bans pilgrimage to Makkah because of the swine flu
Iran has 145 known cases of the flu, almost all involving travellers from Makkah. In Saudi Arabia anti-flu measures are stepped up. Pregnant women and people with heart, kidney, liver, lung, diabetes, obesity and hypertension problems are banned from going on pilgrimage.
10/12/2009 KOREA - UNITED STATES
Swine Flu: Pyongyang accepts South’s "unconditional" offer to contain pandemic
North Korea has accepted the offer of medical supplies and confirmed nine cases of infection. Closure of primary and secondary schools. South Korea NGO reports seven deaths from H1N1. Ended of three-day visit by U.S. diplomat to Pyongyang.
20/07/2009 EGYPT - SAUDI ARABIA
First swine flu death among pilgrims to Mecca
The deceased is an Egyptian woman of 25 who visited the holy city of Islam to make the umra, the journey to Mecca, which can be accomplished at any time of year. The clergy of Islamic countries discuss the need to issue a special fatwa on the swine flu epidemic ahead of the great hajj pilgrimage in November that will bring millions of faithful to Saudi Arabia.
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