Saudi limits number of Hajj pilgrims to around 1,000.
The decision comes after Saudi Arabia said it will scale back annual pilgrimage to prevent coronavirus spread.
Saudi Arabia is to limit the number of domestic pilgrims attending the Hajj to around 1,000 after barring Muslims abroad from the rite for the first year in modern times.
Saudi Arabia’s Hajj minister has said that the number of pilgrims attending Hajj this year would be limited to around 1,000 local citizens and residents, to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus .
Pilgrims coming from overseas will be barred this year and the ministry will apply a strict health criteria to choose pilgrims who may attend, including excluding those above 65 years old, Mohammed Benten said at a news conference.
Saudi Arabia has recorded more than 161,000 COVID-19 infections with over 1,300 deaths, following a rise in new cases in the past two weeks.