In time for the Haj season, Saudi Arabia announces the pilgrimage will begin from Wednesday, 29th July limited to only one thousand visitors amid the novel Coronavirus.
Haj beginning on 29th July
Every year, millions of Muslims descend upon the holy city of Mecca to embark on the six-day pilgrimage during the Haj season. 2019 saw a whopping 2.5 million visitors perform rituals and given the state of the pandemic, this year will see one of the all-time lows in history with only one thousand entrants allowed.
Saudi health authorities are enforcing serious measures to ensure the pilgrimage goes without any visitors getting Coronavirus, with a line-up of hygiene protocols to follow and limiting the visitors’ age under 65 years old and without any chronic illnesses.
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Rising Coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia
Despite a nation-wide lockdown last month, Saudi Arabia recorded its highest number of cases with 4,933 new infections last Sunday, 19th July as business and commercial activities begin to open. Prior to that, cases were going downhill from the low 4000s to the mid-2000s.
In total, the country recorded 253,000 cases, 2523 deaths and 203,000 recoveries.
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