Saturday 17 July 2021 – 09:13
The believers began to arrive Mecca, the holy city of Islam in Saudi Arabia, to participate from Saturday 17 July until great annual pilgrimage, marked for the second consecutive year by an ultra-limited quota of pilgrims because of the Covid,
This year, only 60,000 Saudis and foreigners resident in the kingdom and vaccinated were allowed to participate in the hajj, By 2020, nearly tens of thousands of believers could perform it, aware of health restrictions and for the race for vaccination.
Very far behind the pair 2.5 million from around the world in 2019, for the pandemic, to take part in what was one of the largest religious gatherings in the world.
On the eve of the hajj, local media sent out images of workers spray-painting the site of the Great Mosque of Mecca. of disinfectants,
The pilgrims will be divided into groups of 20 people for “
limit the spread of the virus
In case one of them became infected, a Saudi official, Mohammed al-Bijaoui, said on television.
In addition to strict social distance measures, the Hajj Ministry introduced a “
electronic map of the hajj
»Allow contactless access to campsites and hotels for pilgrims and transportation to religious sites. Robots will be used to disperse sacred water bottles.
Pilgrims will also not be able to touch the Kaaba, the cubic structure in Mecca in which Muslims all over the world turn to prayer.