Coronavirus: Iraq cancels Friday prayers in Shia holy city of Kerbala

A member of the medical team checks the temperature of an Iraqi man, following the coronavirus outbreak, at the entrance checkpoint of South Mosul, Iraq, February 26, 2020. (Reuters)

Iraq canceled Friday prayers in the Shia holy city of Kerbala due to concerns about the coronavirus, a statement from the administration of the city's holy site said on Wednesday.

Kerbala, like the neighboring holy city of Najaf, attracts Shi'ites pilgrims from Iraq and abroad. Prayers had already been cancelled last Friday.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:54 - GMT 06:54