Saudi Arabia will organise Hajj to Mecca this year

Saudi Arabia has said it will organise the pilgrimage to Mecca this year, but under special conditions to guard against the spread of the virus, state TV reported.

“The mechanism and conditions for holding the Hajj this year will be announced later,” it said, citing the Ministry of Pilgrimage.

“Health institutions in Saudi Arabia will continue to assess the situation and take all the measures to preserve the health of all mankind,” the ministry added.

Last year, Hajj that usually sees over 2.5 million Muslims travel to Makkah was curtailed for the first time in modern history to allow just 1,000 pilgrims to take part due to COVID-19. With borders closed due to the Coronavirus, only those inside Saudi Arabia were able to attend.

COVID-19 has killed nearly 3.3 million people and infected over 158 million others globally.