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Saudi announces Hajj season free from COVID-19

Saudi announces Hajj season free from COVID-19

FRIDAY, July 23, 2021

Saudi Arabia attributed the success of this years Hajj season, free from contagious diseases, to its health measures and the limitation of the number of pilgrims in the holy sites.

Saudi Arabia announced on Thursday the successful conclusion of this year's Hajj season, free from the COVID-19 and other contagious diseases, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah attributed the success to an integrated system of health facilities in the holy sites, highly equipped ambulances and qualified teams, the report said.

The minister added that limiting the number of domestic pilgrims during this Hajj season to 60,000 also contributed to the success.

For the second year in a row, Saudi Arabia has allowed only domestic pilgrims to performed Hajj to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

A staff member issues NFC-enabled smart cards with built-in personal information to pilgrims in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on July 15, 2021. The Saudi government used the latest information technologies to help control the spread of COVID-19 during the Hajj season.