Saudi Arabia publicizes readiness for Haj season amid Covid-19 pandemic

Riyadh, July 20

The Saudi Interior Ministry introduced the Kingdom’s readiness for the upcoming Haj season amid the COVID-19 pandemic, state-media reported.

Zayed Al Tuwailan, commander of Haj Security Forces, instructed the media on Sunday that the forces are prepared to make sure the protection of pilgrims, Xinhua quoted the Saudi Press Agency as saying within the report.

He revealed that pilgrims of 160 nationalities, 70 of whom are international residents within the Kingdom, would participate on this yr’s annual pilgrimage.

“It is an extraordinary season with extraordinary measures to tackle the coronavirus for the safety of pilgrims,” Al Tuwailan mentioned.

The commander warned of jail phrases and fines towards violators, noting non-Saudis would face deportation.

On Sunday, the Saudi Health Ministry reported 2,504 new coronavirus circumstances, elevating the entire quantity within the nation to 250,920.

The recoveries from the illness rose to 197,735 after 3,517 sufferers recovered, whereas 39 extra fatalities have been recorded prior to now 24 hours, rising the dying toll to 2,486.

This shouldn’t be the primary time Saudi Arabia has restricted participation within the pilgrimage.

Between 2014 and 2016, Muslim devoted from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and several other different African nations have been excluded from the Haj as a result of Ebola.

The Haj represents an essential supply of revenue, sometimes producing between $5.Three billion and $6.9 billion for the native financial system, in keeping with Mecca’s chamber of commerce.

In 2019, almost 2.5 million Muslims carried out the Haj, together with greater than 6,00,000 Saudis, in keeping with official figures.

The annual pilgrimage is likely one of the 5 pillars of Islam, which each Muslim should carry out at the very least as soon as if his or her bodily and financial state permits. IANS

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