No COVID-19 cases detected among Hajj pilgrims so far

A handout picture provided by Saudi Ministry of Media on July 31, 2020 shows pilgrims circumambulating around the Kaaba. (AFP/HO/Saudi Ministry of Media)

The Ministry of Health said on Sunday that no COVID-19 cases have so far been recorded among Hajj pilgrims.

Dr. Muhammad Al-Abdulaaly, the official spokesman of the Ministry of Health, assured the public that the Hajj pilgrims are coronavirus-free and in great condition.

Al-Abdulaaly revealed during a press conference that a total of 13 hospitals earmarked for this year’s Hajj.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior spokesman Lt. Col. Talal Al-Shalhoub stated that strict security measures put in place to ensure the safety of the pilgrims.

“All pilgrims have arrived in Mina and will head to Arafat in buses after Fajr prayers on Monday,” Al-Shalhoub added.