Approximately 60,000 pilgrims have started their Hajj pilgrimage with the strict SOPs due to coronavirus spread. The pilgrims and residents of Saudi Arabia had followed a strict screening process to get the permit to participate in Hajj 2021, the second pilgrimage after the COVID-19 breakout.
Every year millions of blessed pilgrims get the chance to visit the largest pilgrimage in the world. However, due to COVID-19, this year, only 60,000 people were allowed to participate in it. Strict SOPs have been ordered to follow along with practicing social distancing.
The pilgrims spent a day in Mina and today they have begun their journey to Arafat to perform Hajj rituals. The Hajj 2021 has started on Saturday, 17 July, and will end on Thursday, 22 July.
Indian and Pakistani citizens have been banned from performing Hajj this year due to the increasing active cases of COVID-19 in the respective countries.