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Viral picture of Hajj pilgrimage amid novel coronavirus pandemic

The novel coronavirus has impacted tens of thousands of pilgrims who visit the holy city of Hajj each year in Saudi Arabia.

Its estimated that close to two and a half million people visit Mecca and Medina annually. However, this year the number has been reduced to a mere 10,000.

A viral photograph shows pilgrims maintaining social distancing on the site.

People were allowed to circle around the Kaba only in small groups of 50. Each of them was wearing a mask and was from a safe distance from one another. Furthermore, a health professional was constantly monitoring their movements.

Apart from these measures, a total of 35,00 workers have been spread across the Grand Mosque to sanitise it. Everyday, sanitisation is done using 54,000 litres of disinfectant and 1,050 litres of air fresheners. Further, instead of cleaning the floor thrice in a day it is now being cleaned 10 times in a day.

The holy pilgrimage of Hajj began on July 28 and will go on till August 2, this year. Hajj happens in the holiest month of the Islamic calendar known as Dhu al-Hijjah.