Iran bans Umrah Hajj over swine flu concerns


Iranian authorities have banned Umrah Hajj pilgrimage in the month of Ramadan due to the increasing number of A/H1N1 cases among returning pilgrims.
Hosseinali Shahriari, a member of the Majlis Health Committee told Fars News Agency that the country has banned the participation of Iranians in Hajj pilgrimage in the holy month of Ramadan in order to avoid the spread of swine flu.
Considering the growing number of infected cases in Saudi Arabia, certain clerics have warned individuals from attending this year’s Hajj, saying those at high-risk of the disease can cancel their trip to Saudi Arabia.
On Tuesday, Iran’s Ministry of Health and Medical Education confirmed 19 new cases of H1N1 flu, bringing the country’s total tally to 124.

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