Via the Philippine Information Agency: DOH appeals to postpone or delay Hajj or Umrah. Excerpt:
The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday advised Filipinos who intend to perform the Hajj or Umrah pilgrimages in the Arabian Peninsula to postpone or delay their trips or risk getting infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus or MERS-CoV.
“Persons who are 60 years old and above, pregnant women, children below five years old, those who have diabetes, kidney disease, chronic lung disease, weak immunity ----- they are all at high risk of contracting MERS-CoV,” Health Secretary Enrique Ona declared.
These high-risk groups are advised to delay their trips to the Arabian Peninsula, where according to the World Health Organization (WHO), “699 laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with MERS-CoV have been reported, including at least 209 deaths.”