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Coronavirus: The Hajj pilgrimage should take place in Saudi Arabia



Workers are cleaning up, and several pilgrims are praying in front of the holiest Islamic shrine, the Kaaba, near the Grand Mosque complex in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca in 2020.  July 27

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Preparations to welcome this year’s pilgrims took place at the Grand Mosque in Mecca

The annual Hajj pilgrimage, usually performed by Muslims around the world, begins on Wednesday and drops dramatically due to the coronavirus.

Saudi Arabia has banned international visitors from going to Mecca and trying to curb the pandemic.

Only citizens of other countries already living in the kingdom will be allowed to participate this year.

It typically has around two million people in attendance, but is expected to be attended by no more than 1

0,000 this year.

The people who were allowed to attend this year’s city of Hajj were checked for temperature and virus tests as they began arriving in Mecca over the weekend, AFP news agency reported.

Worshipers will also have to quarantine before and after the pilgrimage, AFP reports.

Earlier this week, in an interview with Saudi-funded al-Arabiya TV, Minister of Pilgrimage Mohammed Saleh Binten said the pilgrims were quarantined in their homes four more days before being quarantined in Mecca hotels.

It is estimated that 30 percent. Among the participants are Saudi citizens and the rest of the kingdom is not inhabited by Saudis.

There have been more than 270,000 deaths in the kingdom, killing almost 3,000 people, one of the largest outbreaks in the Middle East.

The country only unlocked the entire country last month. March. Strict restrictions have been put in place to combat the spread of infections, including 24 hours in most cities.

What is Hajj?

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Media headlineMuslims from all over the world hold the Hajj every year in Mecca, Saudi Arabia

At least once, a pilgrimage is one of the five pillars of Islam – the five commitments that, according to Islam, a good and responsible Muslim has that he must afford.

Pilgrims gather in Mecca to stand in front of the Kaaba-known structure, while hearing God (God).

They also perform other acts of worship, renewing their sense of purpose in the world.



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