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New Coronavirus Variant ‘Iris’: Important Update for Umrah Travelers

New 'Iris' Variant Sparks Mask Mandate for Umrah Pilgrims


If you’re planning to go for Umrah, there’s an important update you should know about. The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has given new instructions due to the spread of a new type of coronavirus called ‘Iris’.

This virus is causing concerns because it’s spreading quickly in many countries, including the United States. It’s a variant of the virus that the World Health Organization (WHO) identified in 2021. They say that Iris has been found in more than fifty countries.

The WHO also mentioned that the number of Covid-19 cases has gone up by 80% in the last month. This new Iris variant seems to spread faster than other types of the virus.

Because of this, the Saudi government wants people going for Umrah to wear masks. Wearing masks can help keep you and others safe from the virus. So, if you’re planning to go for Umrah, make sure to follow this rule and wear a mask during your journey. Your safety is important!

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