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Saudi says Hajj season free from COVID-19 so far

Xinhua | Updated: 2021-07-20 09:53

Muslim pilgrims gather around Mount Arafat, also known as Jabal al-Rahma (Mount of Mercy), southeast of the holy city of Mecca, during the climax of the Hajj pilgrimage amid the COVID-19 pandemic, on July 19, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

RIYADH -- Saudi Arabia announced on Monday that the Hajj season is so far free from COVID-19 and other contagious diseases, Al Ekhbariay TV reported.

The Health Ministry Spokesman Mohammed Al-Abdulaali told a press conference that the health condition of pilgrims is reassuring and there is no Hajj-related COVID-19 case in the kingdom.

Health sectors are standing by to implement the precautionary plans and manage the crowds, he added.

Meanwhile, Security Spokesman of the Interior Ministry Talal Al-Shalhoub said security forces work to ensure pilgrims follow social distancing at all sites.

The police are also guarding the ritual sites to prevent the entry of unregistered individuals, Al-Shalhoub added.

Spokesman of the Hajj and Umrah Ministry Hisham Saeed told the press conference about the success of transporting pilgrims from Mina to Arafat areas.

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of domestic pilgrims during this year's Hajj season is limited to 60,000.

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