Hajj pilgrims maintain perfect social distancing while circumambulating Kaaba; leave netizens astounded
The number of pilgrims visiting Mecca and Medina annually was reduced from two and a half million to 10,000 this year to ensure there is no overcrowding at the holy site amid the coronavirus pandemic.
July 31, 2020 / 06:15 PM IST
This year, due to the raging global health crisis caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic outbreak, only people residing in Saudi Arabia have been allowed to attend the annual auspicious Hajj pilgrimage. Hajj began on July 28 and will end on August 2 this year.
In a photograph that has gone viral on the internet, the Hajj pilgrims can be seen maintaining perfect social distancing while circumambulating the Kaaba. The collective discipline of the Muslim pilgrims at the holy site has left netizens astounded.
According to an Al Jazeera report, the number of pilgrims visiting Mecca and Medina annually was reduced from two and a half million to 10,000 this year to ensure there is no overcrowding.
The report further mentions that only small groups of 50 pilgrims at a time were allowed near the Kaaba. Each of them could be seen wearing masks while also keeping a safe distance from each other. Their movements were constantly monitored by a health professional.
Furthermore, 35,00 workers are on duty to keep the Grand Mosque sanitised. More than 50,000 litres of disinfectant and 1,050 litres of air fresheners are being used daily to keep the premises clean. The floors are also being cleaned 10 times every day.Follow our coverage of the coronavirus crisis here