Saudi Arabia Bans Pilgrims From the Democratic Republic of the Congo Over Fear Of Ebola

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Saudi Arabia has banned entry to travellers coming from the Democratic Republic of the Congo over fears Ebola could spread during next month’s Hajj.

The decision, was issued by the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which cited last week’s move by the World Health Organization to declare the Ebola outbreak in DRC’s eastern North Kivu and Ituri provinces a public health emergency of international concern.

It was not clear how many people’s applications will be affected by the move. About three percent of Congo’s population is Muslim, according to a poll by the New York-based Congo Research Group, while people from sub-Saharan Africa make up about 10 percent of the more than two million annual pilgrims to the holy city of Mecca.

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