Hajj 2020: Saudi records no Covid-19 cases among Pilgrims

by MCR Correspondent

Saudi Assistant Minister of Health and official spokesman of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Muhammad Al-Abdali, has disclosed that there were no coronavirus cases recorded among Hajj pilgrims, nor any diseases affecting public health.

According to the Minister, pilgrims performed “the rituals, in safety, security and tranquility, from standing in Arafat, and staying at Muzdalifah.”

Chief Planning and Strategy Officer Advisor to the Minister of Hajj and Umrah, Dr. Omar Al-Maddah, said that the pilgrims stayed at Muzdalifah until the morning of the first day of the Eid Al-Adha, where they arrived around 7 and performed the prayers of Maghrib and Isha combined.

He said that the pilgrims went at five o’clock in the morning from Muzdalifah to the Jamarat Bridge, where they threw pebbles at the grand Jamarat Al-Aqabah, following the health protocols and spatial divergence.

There were 1,686 new virus cases recorded in Saudi Arabia as of Friday.

The new cases announced by the Ministry of Health brought the total number of confirmed cases in the Kingdom to 275,905.

Of the new cases, the highest number was reported in Makkah with 178 infections, but Hajj pilgrims remained virus free.

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