Saudi Arabia clarifies its position on the upcoming pilgrimage season in light of the Corona crisis


Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia called on Monday to slow the conclusion of contracts for the next pilgrimage season this year, coinciding with the worsening crisis of the epidemic of the new Corona Virus (Covid-19) around the world.

And he urged the Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah, Dr. Muhammad Salih bin Taher Banten, to wait until the conclusion of the Hajj contracts, until the clarity of the vision regarding the epidemic and its repercussions “and that is based on the Kingdom’s responsibility towards the public health of the world.”

Speaking to the official Al-Akhbariya news channel, Benten said that the Kingdom is concerned with the safety of all pilgrims and visitors who are currently in health isolation hotels who are in good health.

He added, “Benten” that Saudi Arabia provides care for about 1,200 pilgrims who could not return to their countries, pointing out that “based on the current conditions, the amounts are currently returned to those who obtained Umrah visas and did not perform Umrah due to the temporary suspension as a precaution.”

Earlier, Saudi Arabia decided to suspend entry visas to its lands for the purpose of performing Umrah and visiting the Prophet’s Mosque, in addition to tourist visas, as part of precautionary measures to deal with the Corona virus.

On Tuesday, the total number of Corona injuries in Saudi Arabia reached 1563, after 110 new cases were recorded, in addition to two new deaths that raised the total death toll to 10. 165 people also recovered from the disease


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