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Saudi Arabia estimates that the trip will be for 60,000 nationals and civilians.
No foreign pilgrims will be allowed to repeat the Hajj this year after Saudi Arabia banned its citizens and citizens each year, setting up more than 60,000 observers to deal with the coronavirus.
“Those who want to perform the hajj should be free of incurable diseases and be vaccinated” and between the ages of 18 and 65, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday.
“Given the global response to the coronavirus… and the emergence of new strains of the virus, government authorities will continue to monitor the global situation,” he said.
Last year, the kingdom has reduced the number of pilgrims for about 1,000 Saudi nationals and citizens helping to prevent the spread of the disease, having banned foreign Muslims from the ceremony for the first time in recent days.
Two thirds of the population were from the 160 different countries that would be represented at the Hajj. One of the three was Saudi Arabian security forces and medical personnel. This year the tour is expected to start in mid-July.
Hajj, a one-time work in life for every powerful Muslim who can afford it, he is the main source of income for the Saudi government.
Before the plague afflicted all over the world, some 2.5 million trips he enjoyed visiting the most holy Islamic shrines in Mecca and Medina during the one-week Hajj, as well as the short annual pilgrimage to Umrah, which received about $ 12bn a year, according to government sources.
The church of millions of pilgrims from around the world could be a major factor in the spread of coronaviruses.
So far Saudi Arabia has recorded more than 463,000 coronavirus infections, including 7,536 deaths.
The health ministry has announced more than 15 million coronavirus vaccines in a country with a population of about 34 million.
With the revival of coronavirus curbs last October, Saudi Arabia opened the Grand Mosque for the first time in seven months and resumed the Umrah pilgrimage.
The limit for Umrah’s pilgrimage is 20,000 per day, while all 60,000 worshipers are allowed to perform daily prayers at the mosque.
Umrah often attracts millions of Muslims around the world every year. Officials said Umrah would be allowed to return fully after the risk of the plague was reduced.