The 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

The 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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