Muslim pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia will be ‘very limited’ due to COVID-19

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Pilgrims pray near the Al-Safa mountain, at the Grand Mosque, during the Hajj pilgrimage last August in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, file)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia says this year’s hajj will not be canceled, but that due to the coronavirus only “very limited numbers” of people will be allowed to perform the major Muslim pilgrimage.

The kingdom said Monday that only people of various nationalities already residing in the country would be allowed to perform the hajj.

The government did not specify how many people would be permitted to take part.

The annual pilgrimage, which is set to begin this year at the end of July, traditionally draws around 2 million Muslims from around the world for five intense days of worship and rituals in Mecca

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