Saudi Arabia Limits Number of Believers Performing Hajj

Saudi Arabia’s authorities, out of fear of the spread of the coronavirus, allowed only 60,000 Muslims living in the Kingdom to perform the Hajj this year, Arabian media reported.

“Because the whole world is witnessing the ongoing development of the coronavirus pandemic and the emergence of new mutations, registration of the Hajj will be limited only to residents and citizens of the kingdom,” the Saudi Hajj and Umrah ministry said on Twitter.

Those that can register for the Hajj are citizens aged 18 to 65, who are fully vaccinated or who received the first dose at least 14 days before, or those who have been vaccinated and recovered from COVID-19 infection, the ministry said.

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