According to the official SPA news agency, the Ministry of Hajj of Saudi Arabia announced on Saturday that Saudi Arabia will allow 60,000 citizens who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus to go to Mecca next month for major Muslim religious pilgrimages.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, tens of thousands of believers living in Saudi Arabia are allowed to perform their last hajj in 2020, and in 2019, 2.5 million believers from all over the world will make a pilgrimage to Mecca.
A departmental statement stated that “those who wish to perform Hajj must be between 18 and 65 years old, must not have chronic diseases, and must be vaccinated against covid-19”.
In April, the kingdom announced that only believers who were vaccinated were allowed to die, and the smaller pilgrimage caused dissatisfaction among believers.
The small hajj, which was suspended in March 2020 due to the pandemic, continued to take early preventive measures in early October.
Initially, only 6,000 Saudis and Saudi Arabian foreigners were allowed to die every day, but at the same time, this number has risen to 20,000.
In the Great Mosque in Mecca, about 60,000 believers may pray every day, but pilgrims are not allowed to touch the Kaaba, which is the central shrine of Islam built in a cube shape.
To date, Saudi Arabia has officially recorded more than 463,000 coronavirus infections and more than 7,500 deaths.
Authorities report that in a country of 34 million people, more than 15 million doses of vaccine have been vaccinated so far.