Saudi To Allow Around 1,000 Pilgrims To Perform Hajj

Saudi Arabia has announced they will allow around 1,000 pilgrims to perform Hajj this year.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was announced that this year’s Hajj wouldn’t hold. However, as announced by a minister today Tuesday, June 23, one thousand pilgrims residing in the kingdom will be allowed to partake in the ceremony this year.

The number of pilgrims will be around 1,000, maybe less, maybe a little more,” Hajj Minister Mohammad Benten told reporters.

Benten did not specify how the pilgrims will be selected.

The pilgrimage, scheduled for the end of July, will be limited to those below 65 years of age and with no chronic illnesses, Health Minister Tawfiq al-Rabiah said.

The pilgrims will be tested for coronavirus before arriving in the holy city of Mecca and will be required to quarantine at home after the ritual.

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