Muslim pilgrims wearing protective masks in Mecca’s Grand Mosque. Photo: AFPMuslim pilgrims wearing protective masks in Mecca’s Grand Mosque. Photo: AFP
Muslim pilgrims wearing protective masks in Mecca’s Grand Mosque. Photo: AFP

Muslims begin haj in Mecca but ceremony downsized due to coronavirus pandemic

  • Pilgrims will be required to wear masks and observe social distancing during a series of rites to be completed over five days in the holy city
  • Only 10,000 people already living in Saudi Arabia will participate, a fraction of the 2.5 million who attended last year
Topic |   Religion
Muslim pilgrims wearing protective masks in Mecca’s Grand Mosque. Photo: AFPMuslim pilgrims wearing protective masks in Mecca’s Grand Mosque. Photo: AFP
Muslim pilgrims wearing protective masks in Mecca’s Grand Mosque. Photo: AFP
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