Saudi Arabia abolished the Hajj for pilgrims from abroad

The government of Saudi Arabia due to the coronavirus allowed to participate in the Hajj this year - the annual pilgrimage to the Holy places of Islam in Mecca and Medina only a small number of Muslim pilgrims who are already in the Kingdom, pilgrims from abroad will not be able to participate this year, said in a released Monday the Ministry of Affairs of Hajj and Umrah Saudi Arabia.

"In pandemic coronavirus and the danger posed by this virus for large gatherings, the Hajj in 1441 according to the Muslim calendar (2020 - Christian chronology) will be held with the participation of a limited number of pilgrims of different nationalities, who are in the country, based on considerations of the need to preserve the health of the people", - is spoken in the Ministry message.

The territory of Mecca, where is located the Holy of Muslim sites, is still closed to the free movement due to the large number infected with the coronavirus.

Saudi Arabia ranked first among Arab countries in the number of cases of coronavirus with more than 161 thousand infected. For several weeks the number of cases per day in the Kingdom is not reduced less than three thousand. Since the beginning of the pandemic died 1307 people, recovered more than 105 thousand.

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