KONYA, Turkey

Hundreds of Muslims returning to Turkey from the Umrah pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia were being housed in student dormitories Sunday as part of quarantine measures against the novel coronavirus.

A total of 362 passengers went through health checks after arriving at Konya Airport.

They were later bused to dormitories located on the campus of Selcuk University in Konya province for a 14-day quarantine.

On Feb. 27, Saudi Arabia suspended the entry of pilgrims seeking to perform Umrah due to the disease.

Umrah is a voluntary minor pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina that Muslims can perform at any time

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