Lonely Planet Writer

Worries for Hajj pilgrims as MERS on the increase in Saudi Arabia

A surge of deaths from MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) in Saudi Arabia have authorities concerned for pilgrims’ safety as the country prepares for two million Muslims to travel for Hajj next month.

Saudi's capital city, Riyadh.
Saudi’s capital city, Riyadh. Image by Peter Dowley / CC BY 2.0

This week’s death toll has risen to 17, with many cases associated with an outbreak in a Riyadh hospital. Read more: bbc.co.uk