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Only 1,000 people will perform Hajj 2020 – Saudi officials

The 2020 hajj will only be perfomred by 1,000 Muslims residence in Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Authorities have said.

Hajj is performed yearly by about 2.5 million people.

But this year only 1,000 people will only be allowed to take part in the fifth pillar of Islam, due to the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world.

It is a ritual of several days centered in the Holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

According to the Saudi officials, the Hajj 2020, which has been measured back to include only 1,000 Muslim pilgrims will begin on July 29.

“The stand of pilgrims on Mount Arafat, the peak of the Hajj ritual, falls on Thursday,” the official Saudi Press Agency cited the Supreme Court indicating that the first day of the ritual would be on Wednesday, 29th of July 2020.

Saudi Arabia announced last month that it would hold a ‘very limited’ Hajj because of the battle with COVID-19 as cases in the Kingdom is now more than 250,000.

The 1,000 people who would perform Hajj 2020 are foreigners and citizens who are already in the Kingdom.

This restricted Hajj would be the first in the Kingdom’s history.

Before the commencement of the rituals, the 1,000 people taking part would be tested before arriving in Makkah and will be quarantined at home after Hajj according to health officials.

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