“Muslim pilgrims pray near the Grand Mosque in the Saudi holy city of Mecca in 2010. Three cases of a new coronavirus, from the same family as SARS, in people who had been to Saudi Arabia are prompting concerns ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, which draws millions.
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With millions of Muslim pilgrims beginning to descend on Mecca, Saudi officials are urging travellers to the kingdom to take precautions to prevent the spread of a virus from the same family as SARS.
The new strain of coronavirus, the same family that includes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome and the common cold, has been confirmed in three patients — two Saudis, who died, and a third person, according to a statement from the Saudi health ministry.
A 49-year-old Qatari man who had recently travelled to Saudi Arabia is critically ill in hospital in Britain, the World Health Organization said on Monday.
The 2003 SARS outbreak killed about 800 people worldwide, including 44 in Toronto…”