Saudi Arabia has asked Muslims from around the world who are planning to take part in the Hajji pilgrimage to delay booking amid uncertainty over the covid-19 epidemic.


Hajj minister Mohammed Banten said the kingdom was concerned about the safety of pilgrims and urged people to “wait before concluding contracts”.


In excess of 2million people were expected to travel to Mecca and Medina this July and August for the annual gathering.


Muslims who are physically able must undertake the Hajji once in a lifetime.