WHOThe World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed in a statement that it does not recommend imposing restrictions on trade or travel in Saudi Arabia, including travel during the upcoming pilgrimage season due to the rising cases of MERS in the kingdom.

They did not see the need to consider a travel ban on Hajj which starts in October this year. “The current evidence does not suggest that the recent increase in infections reflects a change in the pattern of transmission of the virus,” reported Al Arabiya news.

The international health body made the announcement on Wednesday after a team of WHO experts visited Saudi Arabia to study and observe the disease in the kingdom.

Currently, the number of MERS cases reported in Saudi Arabia has reached 431, with a death toll of 117.