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Saudi Arabia says hajj to go ahead with ‘very limited numbers’ amid coronavirus pandemic

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Solely about 1,000 Muslims already inside Saudi Arabia’s kingdom can be allowed to attend a closely pared-down model of hajj this yr due to the coronavirus, officers introduced Tuesday.

Those that need to take part within the much-anticipated pilgrimage to Mecca should be beneath the age of 65 and agree to quarantine earlier than and after the occasion.

Officers had weighed canceling the annual pilgrimage for weeks for concern of a resurgence of COVID-19 however settled on permitting a “small and very limited” variety of folks to attend in an unprecedented resolution within the 90-year historical past of the dominion.

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In this March 7, 2020 file photo, workers disinfect the ground around the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia after authorities emptied Islam's holiest site for sterilization over fears of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

“The number, God willing, may be in the thousands. We are in the process of reviewing so it could be 1,000 or less, or a little more,” Saudi Arabia’s Hajj Minister Muhammad Benten stated throughout a digital press convention Tuesday. The occasion often attracts greater than 2 million folks from all around the globe.

Solely worshippers of assorted nationalities inside the dominion can be allowed to take part, a blow to Muslims worldwide who’ve saved for the chance to make the once-in-a-lifetime journey that’s required by Islam for all devotees.

“This is a very sensitive operation and we are working with experts at the Health Ministry,” Benten stated, stressing the significance of defending the lives and well being of pilgrims.

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Usually, each nation is granted a particular variety of visas for folks to attend hajj that’s proportionate to its inhabitants of Muslims. In some nations — equivalent to Egypt, Pakistan and India — aggressive queues to attend the occasion require cost of hefty charges, a connection to an area official or just years of endurance.

“It’s a want of each Muslim to carry out hajj, however due to COVID-19, it is not going to be potential this yr,” stated Maulana Khalid Rashid, chairman of the Islamic Middle of India.

In this Aug. 10, 2019 file photo, hundreds of thousands of Muslim pilgrims pray outside Namira Mosque in Arafat during the annual hajj pilgrimage, near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Rashid, who’s one in all India’s most influential Muslim clerics, blamed China for the disappointing restrictions and insisted {that a} delegation from India be allowed to take part within the pilgrimage.

“Had China told the world about COVID beforehand, the world would have reacted differently,” he said. “This is an annual ritual and the tradition should not be broken.”

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Different nations, together with Egypt, Indonesia and Afghanistan, praised Riyadh’s decision-making that confirmed consciousness of the hazards attributable to the virus.

The dominion has one of many highest an infection charges within the Center East, with greater than 161,000 confirmed instances of coronavirus, together with 1,307 deaths.

The Related Press contributed to this report. 

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