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Saudi urges elderly to avoid hajj over virus fears

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Saudi Arabia on Saturday urged elderly and chronically ill Muslims not to perform the hajj pilgrimage, to curb the spread of the MERS coronavirus which has killed 38 in the kingdom. 

An aerial view shows hajj pilgrims circling the Kaaba at the Grand mosque in Mecca, on October 27, 2012. Saudi Arabia has urged elderly and chronically ill Muslims not to perform the hajj pilgrimage, to curb the spread of the MERS coronavirus which has killed 38 in the kingdom.

The health ministry issued a set of conditions for people wanting to perform the annual hajj, which this year falls in October, or the year-round omra or minor pilgrimage.

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