The Grand Mosque of Mecca in Saudi Arabia stands empty on Sunday. Photo: dpaThe Grand Mosque of Mecca in Saudi Arabia stands empty on Sunday. Photo: dpa
The Grand Mosque of Mecca in Saudi Arabia stands empty on Sunday. Photo: dpa

Coronavirus: scaled-down haj pilgrimage to start July 29, say Saudi officials

  • Event will include only 1,000 Muslim pilgrims as country battles Covid-19 surge
  • Strict hygiene protocols will be in place, and only those under 65 without chronic illnesses can take part

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
The Grand Mosque of Mecca in Saudi Arabia stands empty on Sunday. Photo: dpaThe Grand Mosque of Mecca in Saudi Arabia stands empty on Sunday. Photo: dpa
The Grand Mosque of Mecca in Saudi Arabia stands empty on Sunday. Photo: dpa
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