Saudi Arabia has asked Muslims to wait for more clarity regarding the coronavirus pandemic instead of making travel plans for Hajj.
the minister for Hajj and Umrah told the international news agency on Tuesday.
Dr. Muhammad Salih bin Taher Banten said, “We’ve asked the world not to rush with regards to Hajj groups until the path of the epidemic becomes clear, keeping in mind the safety of pilgrims and public health as a priority,”
“We have coordinated with the Ministry of Health an inspection tour of hotels that were used for health isolation to ensure that all services and care are provided to pilgrims,”
The Holy ritual of Hajj is likely to begin in late July. However, coronavirus pandemic and lockdown in Saudi Arabia have created questions regarding the mass annual Muslims’ gathering.
Note that there are 1,388 active cases of coronavirus in Saudi Arabia. Ten people have died whereas 165 people have recovered.
Globally, there are 639,221 active cases of COVID-19, 178,364 people have recovered whereas 42,344 have died.
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Tawaaf has been resumed on the Mataaf. A small gathering of people has been allowed to perform Tawaaf and another ritual.
The decision has been announced on Twitter in which it was also said that a protection structure has been put near the Holy Kaaba. People will not be allowed to go near the Holy Kaaba.
Earlier, Historic Moment witnessed in Saudi Arabia as circling (Tawaaf) around Khana-e-Kaaba stopped temporarily for sterilization over fears of the novel coronavirus.