In Mecca the annual Hajj, but because of a pandemic of mers instead of the usual several million Muslim pilgrims in Saudi Arabia were about 10 thousand people.
We decided to compare recent photos with pictures of 2019, when the main Islamic Shrine was visited by 2.5 million people.
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Hajj 2019 and 2020. Source: Ministry Saudi press/AFP.Hajj 2019 and 2020. Source: Ministry Saudi press/AFP.
Hajj 2020 – social distancing
Workers disinfected the area from Big Mosque to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Mecca, Saudi Arabia.The Ministry of Saudi press/AP
Medical workers of the Ministry of health in Saudi Arabia awaiting the arrival of the first flight with pilgrims.The Ministry of the press, Saudi Arabia/AFP
Pilgrims on the Shuttle from the airport to comply with social distancing.The Ministry of Saudi press/AP
On a Muslim Shrine, the Kaaba put on a new kiswa (veil).The Ministry of Saudi press/AP
The pilgrims perform the ritual around the Kaaba.STR/AP.
The pilgrims are obliged to keep social distance.The Ministry of Saudi press/AP