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10000 pilgrims begin Hajj today amid Virus-Crisis

MECCA: Some ten thousand pilgrims, instead of usual two million, are beginning the Hajj today amid Virus-Crisis.

In order to avoid spread of COVID-19, pilgrims from abroad were not allowed to enter Saudi Arabia. This year the only foreigners who were already in Saudi Arabia were able to perform Hajj.

Intending pilgrims will have to constantly wear face-masks and clear the temperature-cum-virus checks. Informing about the condition of quarantine KSA’s Minister for Pilgrimage Affairs Mohammed Saleh Binten told that the pilgrims were quarantined at their homes before a further four days of quarantine in hotels here.

It is pertinent to mention here that COVID-19 had claimed three thousand lives in the KSA.

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.