Pilgrims return to Mecca for limited umrah as Saudi eases coronavirus restrictions | DW

A limited number of pilgrims returned to Islam’s holiest site on Sunday after Saudi Arabia partially lifted coronavirus restrictions that had been in place since March. The Saudi government started allowing a maximum of 6,000 people a day to enter Mecca’s Grand Mosque to performumrah — a pilgrimage to Islam’s two holiest sites that can be taken at…

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Coronavirus in Saudi Arabia: 4,000 workers, 100,000 facemasks to ensure safe Umrah

At least 4,000 workers have been employed, 100,000 face masks made available and 9,000 sanitized prayer rugs have been provided this Umrah season to ensure the health and safety of pilgrims amid the ongoing coronavirus, according to authorities in Mecca.The General Presidency of the Grand Holy Mosque and the Prophet’s Holy Mosque Affairs said it…

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Umrah pilgrims return to a Mecca stilled by COVID-19 slump

Millions of Muslims from around the world usually descend on Saudi Arabia for the umrah and haj Islamic pilgrimages. The two share common rites, but the haj, held once a year, is the main lengthier ritual that is a once-in-a-lifetime duty for Muslims.Saudi Arabia, which held a largely symbolic haj earlier this year limited to…

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