Pukhtun Nama Desk News
Saudi officials have announced special measures for this year’s Hajj due to the corona virus epidemic. Under these measures, pilgrims are not allowed to touch the walls of the Ka’bah or the Hajr-e-Aswad, and are required to keep a distance of one and a half meters between them.
The Saudi government announced two weeks ago that it would not allow foreign pilgrims to enter the country this year, and that only a limited number of people living in Saudi Arabia would be able to perform the Hajj.
The Saudi Arabian Disease Control and Management Agency announced a series of special measures for this year’s Hajj on Monday.
Although people are currently allowed to pray in the Haram, only those who have a Hajj permit will be allowed to enter Muzdalifah and Arafat from July 17 to August 2.
What are the other special measures?
- Special staff will ensure that the pilgrims keep a distance of one and a half meters between them, and no one will touch the Kaaba.
Pilgrims will circumambulate the Kaaba in groups, and in groups will go to Safi and Marwai, “and after each group leaves, the entire area will be washed with antimicrobial fluid.”
- Pilgrims will be given small stones in special packets to ward off evil spirits, and these stones will also be pre-washed with antimicrobial liquid.
- In Arafat and Muzdalifah, pilgrims will be given dark cooked food in packets, but ice water containers will be removed and pilgrims will have to carry their own plain or Zamzam water.
- If a pilgrim shows signs of coronavirus, he or she will be medically examined, given special accommodation, and provided with a separate facility to come and go, but if the doctors deem it necessary, the patient can be barred from performing the Hajj.
More than 200,000 people have been infected with the corona virus in Saudi Arabia so far, and about 1900 have died.