Via Zawya.com: Makkah in focus as MERS spreads. Excerpt:
"Makkah is a location for people from all over the world with all kinds of problems that could be spread all over," said Adnan Al-Bar, a member of the Shoura Council, AP reported.
Only one medical facility in Makkah -- the King Abdullah Medical City -- is equipped to handle MERS cases, according to Ismail Mohammed, the director-general of a hospital in the city.
"Makkah is almost considered to be free" of the virus, he told AP. But he warned steps have to be taken to ensure it remains so. Government policies have largely been reactive; greater patient education is needed; and there is still no "overall orientation (of anti-MERS policy) toward the pilgrims."
The Haj Ministry's website, which many international pilgrims refer to for information, makes no mention of MERS or special precautions. The Health Ministry's website, however, advises people over 65, children under 12 and those who are ill to delay their pilgrimage.
So far Makkah has seen fewer cases than other parts of Saudi Arabia.
As the number of cases rises in the Kingdom, the concern is that there are not enough precautions being taken in Makkah, a potential hotspot for spreading the disease.