Mecca: Amid the spread of the Covid-19, the Hajj began with uniqueness in history, practising all precautions, including physical distancing. There will be no inrush of pilgrims this season. The Hajj, which is attended by lakhs of pilgrims every year, is now attended by only 10,000 pilgrims.
As part of halting the spread of the Covid-19, pilgrims will be given bottled holy water to drink from the Zamzam well in Mecca. The rituals will end on August 3 after the Eid-ul-Fitr tomorrow.
The Hajj was sanctioned on June 23 with conditions in view of the expansion of Covid-19. This year, only Saudi nationals and selected people from different countries were allowed to attend the hajj.
Selecting the pilgrims and everything was done through the online process by the ministry. The selection was based on health standards affirmed by the Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia.