Saudi Arabia announces readiness for Haj season amid COVID-19 pandemic
The Saudi Interior Ministry declared the willingness of the Kingdom for the Haj period state-media reported. Commander of Haj Security Forces, Zayed Al Tuwailan, told the press that the forces are prepared to guarantee the protection of pilgrims.
Saudi Arabia : 07/21/2020
The Haj signifies a significant income source, typically producing between $5.3 billion and $6.9 billion to the local market, based on Mecca's chamber of trade. He disclosed that pilgrims of all 160 nationalities, 70 of whom are residents from the Kingdom, could get involved in the yearly pilgrimage.
Between 2016 and 2014, loyal by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, along with other nations, were excluded by the Haj because of Ebola.
The pilgrimage is Islam's pillars, which every Muslim has to perform at least if condition and her or his physical permit.
"It's an extraordinary time with extraordinary steps to attack the corona-virus for the security of pilgrims," Al Tuwailan explained.
In 2019, almost 2.5 million Muslims completed the Haj, including over 600,000 Saudis, based on official statistics.
Following 3,517 patients regained, while 39 deaths were listed in the previous 24 hours, raising the death toll, the recoveries in the disease rose to 197,735.