A total of 60,000 Saudis and foreigners have been authorized to perform Hajj in Makkah this year, according to a statement from the official SPA agency of the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.
The decision follows the continuous evolution of the Govt-19 epidemic and the emergence of new strains of the virus, the ministry added, adding that “those who wish to perform the Hajj must be between 18 and 65 years of age and have been vaccinated against a chronic disease.”
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah reaffirmed that the Government of Saudi Arabia puts the safety, health and security of pilgrims at the center of its priorities by providing everything necessary in accordance with the commandments of Islam aimed at protecting human life. Facilities that allow pilgrims to perform Hajj and Umrah rituals and have easy access to the holy places.
In the last ten years, Saudi Arabia has received more than 150 million pilgrims, the same source notes.
In light of the rapid progress of the epidemic, competent Saudi officials, health and organization are closely following the global health status in order to organize Hajj rituals according to the optimal model, the report added.