Not a single case of the novel coronavirus recorded among the pilgrims and worshipers since the start of pandemic, said the Saudi authorities.
According to the media report, Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais who is the head of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques; highlighted while speaking during a seminar about the successful efforts of the Kingdom to manage the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah throughout the pandemic, the services that have been provided to reduce the health risks at the mosques, Islam’s holiest sites, as well as the directive, scientific, informational, technical, social and voluntary efforts, which were enhanced by the presidency.
He said that it is imperative that everyone continues to adhere to all precautionary measures, and ignore unsubstantiated rumors.
Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais said that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been able to cope well with the pandemic, and has “mobilized all its energies and capabilities to serve Islam, Muslims and all those who want to come to the Kingdom.”
During the same session, Minister of Hajj and Umrah Mohammed Saleh Benten thanked to the concerted efforts of government and private agencies.
Since the start of the pandemic, he said, the ministry has facilitated Umrah for more than 100,000 pilgrims in Madinah and more than 600,000 in Makkah, despite the health crisis and the temporary closure of both mosques.
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah also developed executive plans to allow the annual Hajj pilgrimage to take place last year on a limited scale. Mohammed Saleh Benten added that, “We were able to expect not to see the random crowding that used to happen in previous years in the holy sites.”
This year, he said there will be specific standards set for services to pilgrims in Makkah and Madinah, whether they are performing Umrah or Hajj rituals.