After the temporary ban on the Umrah pilgrims by the government of Saudi Arabia in an attempt to make sure of public safety by preventing the spread of the coronavirus, many pilgrims were offloaded by PIA and other private airlines, as per the reports of local media.
About 7 million Umrah pilgrims visit the Kingdom on a per year basis, the majority of these pilgrims arrive at the airports in Jeddah and Madinah.
The passengers were offloaded from the flights at the different airports of the country. A Jeddah-bound flight of the PIA, PK-747, carrying 133 Umrah pilgrims was stopped from taking off from the Karachi airport. Notices have been put up at the various airports regarding this.
People in large quantities are presently out there at the different airports after being offloaded by the airlines. Previously on Thursday, the Kingdom placed a temporary ban on the Umrah pilgrims in mid of the coronavirus outbreak.
It is one of the preventive limitations that has been announced by KSA as the health authorities in the Kingdom closely monitor the spread of the virus. Tourist-visa holders from the countries judged to have a particularly high risk of spreading the virus would also be denied any entry.
The health authorities at all the points would be verifying which countries travellers visited before arriving in Saudi Arabi and would be applying all the needed preventive steps.