The Saudi government banned pilgrims touch the Kaaba during the Hajj
The government of Saudi Arabia due to the coronavirus banned pilgrims to touch the main Muslim Shrine - the Kaaba during future Hajj - the pilgrimage to the Holy places of Islam in Mecca and Medina, reported the Saudi newspaper "Ash-shark al-Ausat" referring to the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah. Hajj this year is scheduled for July 28 - August 2.
"To touch the Kaaba and kiss it prohibited", - stated in the message of the Ministry. To prevent possible approximation to the power stone will set barriers.
During the Hajj, the pilgrims circumambulate seven times the black stone of the Kaaba and seek to kiss the sacred stone or to touch it. After bypass, the pilgrims come to the place of entrance to the Kaaba and pressed against him.
In addition, according to the publication, during each of the rituals will be only a small group of pilgrims, numbering no more than 50 people who would have to wear a medical mask and keep your distance. The distance is not less than 1.5 metres should be observed between the tents in the tent city near the hill of mount Ararat. Water from the sacred spring of Zamzam, situated in the well under the area of the sacred mosque in Mecca, will give to the believers only in disposable containers.
Earlier, Saudi authorities announced that due to coronavirus Hajj this year will be held without the participation of pilgrims from abroad, and it will be attended by not more than ten thousand people compared with the annual arrival of the Hajj at least two million pilgrims.
Saudi Arabia still ranks first among Arab countries in the number of infected with the coronavirus, as new cases of the disease does not cease constantly to increase, reaching on Tuesday with the start of the pandemic more than 217 thousand. Recovered more than 154 thousand people died in 2017.
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