COVID-19: Only 10,000 Hajj Pilgrims Expected In Saudi Arabia This Year
The annual Hajj pilgrimage usually attracts over 2 million Muslims.
Amidst the growing number of COVID-19 cases in a host of different countries around the world, the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia too will be scaling back on numbers. Only 10,000 people are expected to attend the pilgrimage this year instead of the two million that usually attend every year. Most of these attendees will be the citizens of Saudi Arabia, as the only foreigners who will be allowed are those who are living within the country.
It has also been confirmed by authorities in Saudi Arabia that all the pilgrims will be subject to temperature checks and virus tests as they start arriving in Mecca. And all worshippers will be needed to undergo proper quarantine before and after the pilgrimage. Moreover, face masks will also be mandatory at all times. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia remains one of the worst affected nations in the Middle East, having recorded more than 2 lakh cases with nearly 3,000 deaths until now.
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