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Hajj to come off despite lingering COVID-19

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Saudi Arabia has announced that the annual religious pilgrimage to Mecca will be observed this year with strict compliance to the safety protocols.

A statement issued by the Hajj and Umrah Ministry on Sunday, 9 May 2021 indicated that Hajj will held with all the health, security and regulatory standards and regulations in place in order to preserve the health and well-being of pilgrims.

“Health institutions in Saudi Arabia will continue to assess the situation and take all the measures to preserve the health of all mankind,” the Ministry said.

The Ministry is expected to announce the specific measures and organizational plans later.

Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam.

It demands that Muslims, who have the financial means and physical strength to observe pilgrimage in Mecca.

Globally, over 2.5 million Muslims travel to Saudi Arabia to partake in the annual ritual.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for the first time in modern history last year, the Saudi authorities restricted the number of pilgrims to 1,000 and from within the country.

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