MERS face maskSaudi Arabia has advised Muslims pilgrims in the kingdom to cover their faces with masks while in crowded places to reduce the chances of getting infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome CoronaVirus (MERS-CoV), reported Associated Press.

According to a recommendation by the Saudi Ministry of Health, elderly people and people with health issues who are at a higher risk of coming down with the illness are advised to postpone their pilgrimage plans.

This announcement comes amid rising MERS-CoV fatalities. The kingdom recorded two more deaths on Sunday, raising the total number of deaths in the kingdom to 38. The number of pilgrims is due to increase now in the month of Ramadan and later during the time of Hajj.

The World Health Organization has not made any travel restrictions on MERS-affected countries as the illness is not an epidemic.