In regard to all concerns addressing thr spread of corona virus, Saudi Arabia has scaled down the number of Haj Pilgrims to 1000 people in 2020.”Very limited number of pilgrims of various nationalities” the Saudi Ministry of Haj and Umrah s Said. Umrah or lesser pilgrimage is already suspended since February 2020 and, by limiting international visitors for the annual pilgrimage, Saudi Arabia hopes to prevent the rapid spread of COVID 19.
According to Saudi authorities the annual Muslim rituals is attended by around 2.5 million people around the world.
“The stand of pilgrims on Mount Arafat, the peak of the Hajj ritual, falls on Thursday,” the official Saudi Press Agency released.
This year’s Hajj will be limited to pilgrims under 65 years old and without any chronic illnesses. The Saudi Hajj Ministry also said that only medical professionals and security personnel, who have recovered from the virus, will be allowed to attend.
The event is limited to only 1,000 foreign and Saudi nationals who already reside in the kingdom.
According to the health officials Pilgrims are guided to test for coronavirus before arriving in the holy city of Mecca and are advised to be in quarantine at home after the ceremony.
Saudi Arabia has 253,349 cases new COVID 19 cases and 2,523 deaths which is the highest toll among the Persian Gulf Arab states.
Saudi Arabia has already suspended the smaller year-round Umrah pilgrimage, in regard of increasing corona positives.