Seventy-seven Bahraini citizens tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday after being evacuated from Iran, just one example of how many infections in the Middle East are the result of religious pilgrimage to the Islamic Republic.
Female Muslim worshippers at the shrine of the 8th Shia Muslims' Imam, in the city of Mashhad, on Sept. 1, 2010. (AP)
A cleric looks at an Iranian sanitary worker disinfecting Qom's Masumeh shrine on February 25, 2020. (AP)
Relatives mourn over the grave of former politburo official in the Revolutionary Guard Farzad Tazari who died after being infected with the coronavirus just outside Tehran on March 10, 2020. (AP)