Turkish pilgrims returning from Umrah should not leave their homes nor accept visitors for 14 days “to protect their health and the health of the people around them,” the head of Turkish Religious Affairs said Sunday.

Ali Erbas warned Muslims who returned from Umrah to be more careful against the virus outbreak.

Umrah is the Islamic pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca that Muslims can undertake at any time of the year.

He said at least 5,300 pilgrims who completed Umrah will return Sunday from Saudi Arabia.

After emerging in Wuhan, China last December, the virus known as

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