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Saudi Arabia concludes Hajj amid COVID-19 pandemic

Tuesday - August 4, 2020 7:18 am , Category : WORLD
Riyadh, Aug 4 (IANS) Saudi Arabia's health authorities said no coronavirus cases were reported at the holy sites during this year's Hajj.
Pilgrims on Monday bade farewell to Mecca after Hajj rituals were concluded, Xinhua news agency reported.
The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque had provided all relevant facilities for the pilgrims while ensuring precautionary measures against COVID-19.
The kingdom has organized an exceptional Hajj season with a limited number of pilgrims amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This season is only limited to domestic pilgrims who are residents and citizens living in Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry announced on Monday 1,258 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the accumulated infections to 280,093.
The total recovered cases rose to 242,053 with the registration of 1,972 newly recovered cases.
The total death toll reached 2,949 with 32 fatalities reported in the last 24 hours.

--IANS rt/