The World Health Organisation welcomes Saudi Arabia’s decision to significantly curtail the number of Hajj pilgrims allowed into the kingdom this year amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, WHO director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanum said on Wednesday.
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“As some countries star to reopen their societies and economies, the question about how to hold gatherings of large numbers of people safely have become increasingly important,” Dr. Adhanum said. “This is especially true one of the world’s largest mass gatherings, the annual Hajj pilgrimage.”
“We also understand it is a major disappointment for many Muslims who are looking forward to making their pilgrimage this year,” he said. “This is another example of the hard choices that all countries must make to put health first.”
To date, there have been more than 167,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Saudi Arabia, including 1,387 deaths and over 112,000 recoveries.
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