Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia asks Muslims to delay Hajj bookings

Saudi Arabia has asked Muslims intending to participate in the Hajj pilgrimage to defer booking in the midst of vulnerability over the coronavirus pandemic.

Hajj Minister Mohammed Banten said the realm was worried about the wellbeing of travelers and encouraged people to “wait before concluding contracts”.

Somewhere in the range of 2,000,000 people were required to make a trip to Mecca and Medina this July and August for the yearly assembling.

Muslims who are physically able must undertake the Hajj once in a lifetime.

The lesser pilgrimage, the Umra, has just been suspended as a safety measure to attempt to diminish the spread of the coronavirus.

People are also being kept from entering Mecca and Medina, just as the capital Riyadh, as the Saudi specialists endeavor to contain an episode of Covid-19 that has infected 1,563 people and took 10 lives in the nation.

“Saudi Arabia is fully ready to serve pilgrims and Umra seekers in all circumstances,” Mr. Banten told state TV. “But under the current circumstances, as we are talking about the global pandemic, from which we have asked God to save us, the kingdom is keen to protect the health of Muslims and citizens.”

“So we have asked our brother Muslims in all countries to wait before concluding contracts [with tour operators] until the situation is clear.”

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