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Hajj 2020: Saudi Arabia Announces To Do Hajj With Only Saudi Residents!

Saudi Arabia to go ahead with Hajj!

Hajj for the year 2020 will go ahead next month with limited pilgrims who will be allowed to perform the fifth and final pillar of Islam, the Kingdom announced on Monday.

The decision was taken due to the ongoing threat of the corona pandemic and to also take measures for “global public health”, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said in a statement.

The full statement was shared on the twitter page of the Saudi Foreign Ministry’s Twitter page:

 

It stated:

“In light of the continuation of the pandemic and the risks of Coronavirus spreading in crowded spaces and large gatherings. A very limited number of pilgrims from various nationalities who already reside in Saudi Arabia would be able to perform it.”

It further stated:

“This decision is taken to ensure Hajj is performed in a safe manner from a public health perspective while observing all preventative measures and the necessary social distancing protocols.”

Last year more than 1.8 million traveled to perform Hajj from abroad but this year the spread of the contagious disease has caused a lot of risk for the safety of the pilgrims. Due to that, the decision was taken to go ahead with Hajj with a limited number of people.

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Nimra Arshad

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