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Indonesia cancels all Hajj trips for this year due to the pandemic

The Indonesian Minister of Religious Affairs announced that the country had cancelled

Hajj trips for its citizens for the second year due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Indonesia is the largest Muslim country, with a population of over 260 million people; nearly 90% of them are Muslims.

Saudi Arabia had announced earlier its intention to hold the Hajj rite this year following preventive and precautionary measures. The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah confirmed that Saudi Arabia puts human health and safety first, and it intends to hold the Hajj ritual this year. Nevertheless, the Kingdom has not issued this year’s regulation yet, only informing that the initial number of pilgrims is 60,000.

The Ministry stressed the need to vaccinate all participants in the Hajj season, foreigners and Saudis alike, with one of the anti-Corona vaccines approved by Saudi Arabia.

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