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No COVID-19 Cases Detected Among Hajj Pilgrims

No COVID-19 Cases Detected Among Hajj Pilgrims

Saturday, 1 August, 2020 - 10:00
A handout picture provided by Saudi Ministry of Media on July 31, 2020 shows pilgrims circumambulating around the Kaaba. (AFP/HO/Saudi Ministry of Media)

Saudi Assistant Minister of Health and official spokesman of the Ministry of Health Dr. Muhammad Al-Abdali said there are no coronavirus cases recorded among Hajj pilgrims, nor any diseases affecting public health.

Pilgrims performed the rituals, in safety, security and tranquility, from standing in Arafat, and staying at Muzdalifah, according to approved the plan to transport pilgrims, noted the security spokesman of the Ministry of Interior, Lt. Col. Talal Al-Shalhoub,

For his part, Chief Planning and Strategy Officer Advisor to the Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Omar Al-Maddah said that the pilgrims stayed at Muzdalifah until the morning of the first day of the Eid Al-Adha, where they arrived around 7 and performed the prayers of Maghrib and Isha combined.

He said that the pilgrims went at five o'clock in the morning from Muzdalifah to the Jamarat Bridge, where they threw pebbles at the grand Jamarat Al-Aqabah, following the health protocols and spatial divergence, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

There were 1,686 new virus cases recorded in Saudi Arabia on Friday.

The new cases announced by the Ministry of Health brought the total number of confirmed cases in the Kingdom to 275,905.

Of the new cases, the highest number was reported in Makkah with 178 infections, but Hajj pilgrims remained virus free as of Friday.

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