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Saturday 17 July 2021 – 09:13

Usually a few thousand pilgrims for more than 2 million can go to Mecca. – Photo by AFP

Believers began to reach Mecca, the holy city of Islam in Saudi ArabiaTo participate from Saturday 17 July to Great annual pilgrimage, for the second year in a row by A very limited quota of pilgrims due to Covid.

this year, Only 60,000 Saudis and foreigners residing in the Kingdom and vaccinated were allowed to participate in the Hajj rituals. In 2020, no more than ten thousand believers were able to do so, at the height of health restrictions and before the race for vaccination.

Too far from the few 2.5 million from all over the world in 2019, Before the pandemic, to participate in what was one of the largest religious gatherings in the world.

On the eve of the Hajj, local media broadcast pictures of workers spraying the site of the Great Mosque of Mecca disinfectants.

The pilgrims will be divided into groups of 20 people.”

Reducing the spread of the virus

In the event that one of them is injured, Saudi official Mohammed Al-Bajawi said on television.

In addition to strict social distancing measures, the Ministry of Hajj has introduced “
Hajj e-card

» Allow contactless access to camps and hotels for pilgrims and transport them to religious sites. Robots will be used to distribute the holy water bottles.

Pilgrims will also not be able to touch the Kaaba, the cubic structure in Mecca that Muslims around the world resort to for prayer.

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