Saudi Arabia to continue coronavirus protocols for Hajj pilgrims till vaccine is available

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri on Tuesday said that the Hajj will be performed in a similar way, with the number of pilgrims significantly reduced, unless a coronavirus vaccine is available.

According to  Geo News,  the minister said Saudi Arabia has made it clear that it will not allow a large number of Muslims to participate in Hajj in line with its COVID-19 safety protocols.

He added that the government of Pakistan is yet to announce a subsidy for the Hajj pilgrims.

This year, the kingdom only allowed 10,000 to perform the Hajj in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19. As against that, the country invited 2.5  million Muslims to participate in  Hajj.

About 70% of the pilgrims were foreigners residing in the kingdom while the rest were Saudi citizens.