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Muslim pilgrims gather in Mecca for Hajj, here’s how it has changed this year


  • Thousands of vaccinated Muslim pilgrims circled Islam’s holiest site in Mecca on Sunday while following social distancing guidelines. Here’s how things have changed due to Covid-19 pandemic.

UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2021 03:28 PM IST 6 Photos

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On Sunday, vaccinated Muslim pilgrims gathered in Saudi Arabia for the annual Hajj pilgrimage. This year the country has barred worshippers from abroad and also restricted entry from inside the kingdom due to the pandemic, Reuters said. The country has allowed only 60,000 people to come for Hajj this year.(Reuters)

UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2021 03:28 PM IST

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Devotees have started reaching Mecca to take part in Hajj that takes place every year. Clad in white and carrying umbrellas against the blistering summer sun, Saudi citizens and residents performed the rite, a once-in-a-lifetime duty for every Muslim. The devotees have been appealed to follow the rules of social distancing and wear masks this year.(Reuters)

Devotees have started reaching Mecca to take part in Hajj that takes place every year. Clad in white and carrying umbrellas against the blistering summer sun, Saudi citizens and residents performed the rite, a once-in-a-lifetime duty for every Muslim. The devotees have been appealed to follow the rules of social distancing and wear masks this year.(Reuters)

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Additionally, the country has only allowed pilgrims aged 18 to 65 who have been fully vaccinated or immunised against the virus and do not suffer from chronic diseases. Robots are being used to disinfect surfaces in the Grand Mosque in Mecca and its courtyard.(Reuters)

Additionally, the country has only allowed pilgrims aged 18 to 65 who have been fully vaccinated or immunised against the virus and do not suffer from chronic diseases. Robots are being used to disinfect surfaces in the Grand Mosque in Mecca and its courtyard.(Reuters)

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At the entrances to the Grand Mosque, thermal cameras have also been installed to monitor people's temperatures. Around 3,000 electric carts have been provided for pilgrims, who also wear electronic identification bracelets connected to GPS.(Reuters)

At the entrances to the Grand Mosque, thermal cameras have also been installed to monitor people’s temperatures. Around 3,000 electric carts have been provided for pilgrims, who also wear electronic identification bracelets connected to GPS.(Reuters)

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Saudi Arabia, which last year allowed a few thousand to perform the Hajj, is home to Islam's holiest sites in Mecca and Medina. This year, around 500 health volunteers are available to offer medical assistance and 62 screens have been installed to broadcast awareness messages in different languages.(Reuters)

Saudi Arabia, which last year allowed a few thousand to perform the Hajj, is home to Islam’s holiest sites in Mecca and Medina. This year, around 500 health volunteers are available to offer medical assistance and 62 screens have been installed to broadcast awareness messages in different languages.(Reuters)

UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2021 03:28 PM IST

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In the year 2019, the Hajj pilgrimage, one of the biggest religious rituals in the world, was attended by about 25 lakh people. This year, to ensure social distancing guidelines, every three hours, 6,000 people are allowed to perform tawaaf, where devotees circle around the Kaaba. The area is sanitised after each group leaves, Hisham al-Saeed, a ministry spokesman, told the AFP news agency.(Reuters)

In the year 2019, the Hajj pilgrimage, one of the biggest religious rituals in the world, was attended by about 25 lakh people. This year, to ensure social distancing guidelines, every three hours, 6,000 people are allowed to perform tawaaf, where devotees circle around the Kaaba. The area is sanitised after each group leaves, Hisham al-Saeed, a ministry spokesman, told the AFP news agency.(Reuters)

UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2021 03:28 PM IST



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