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Saudi Arabia considers cancelling Haj for first time due to COVID-19.

Saudi Arabia considers cancelling Haj for first time due to COVID-19.

Saudi Arabia considers cancelling Haj for first time due to COVID-19.
Saudi Arabia considers cancelling Haj for first time due to COVID-19.


Saudi authorities are considering drastically to limit  the numbers of annual haj pilgrimage to prevent a further outbreak of coronavirus after cases in the country topped 123,000 and are still increasing daily.

Around 2.5 million pilgrims visit  Mecca and Medina for the week-long haj, The pilgrimage is one of the five pillars of Islam. a once-in-a-lifetime duty for every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it. Official data show haj and the lesser, year-round umrah pilgrimage earn the kingdom about $12 billion a year under normal circumstances.

Saudi authorities are also considering cutting the number of pilgrims allowed to participate this year and are now studing possibility to allow “only symbolic numbers” with restrictions including a ban on older pilgrims and additional health checks . 

 Saudi authorities think it may be possible to allow in up to 20% of standard numbers.

Many countries have announced canceling their participation in this year’s hajj season, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Thailand, and Brunei.

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