General view of Kaaba at the Grand Mosque which is almost empty of worshippers, after Saudi authority suspended umrah (Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca) amid the fear of coronavirus outbreak, at Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia March 6, 2020.
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Saudi Arabia will enable pilgrims residing contained in the nation to undertake the umrah pilgrimage starting on Oct. four, after a seven-month pause because of coronavirus concerns, state information company SPA reported. Umrah is an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina undertaken any time of the 12 months, attracting 19 million individuals final 12 months. Saudi Arabia had instituted a freeze on umrah in March. It will now enable 6,000 residents and residents inside the dominion to carry out umrah every day, representing 30% of a revised capability of 20,000 that takes under consideration precautionary well being measures, SPA added. That will broaden to 75% of capability on Oct. 18.

Beginning Nov. 1, Saudi Arabia will enable guests from particular nations deemed secure to carry out umrah at 100% of the revised capability, till the tip of the pandemic, SPA stated. This 12 months, Saudi Arabia performed a restricted haj, the bigger pilgrimage that normally attracts round three million individuals, for just a few thousand residents and residents. Official knowledge present Hajj and umrah earn the dominion about $12 billion a 12 months.

On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia reported 330,798 whole circumstances of coronavirus and four,542 deaths, as circumstances within the Gulf area topped 800,000.

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