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Saudi Arabia boosts pandemic measures at Makkah’s Grand Mosque

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia yesterday took steps to reduce social distance after recording the most infections in months at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, the sanctuary of Islam. Workers removed the floor on October 17 to guide people to the social distances around the Grand Mosque built around the Kaaba, a black cubic structure prayed by Muslims around the world. Returned the marking.

Saudi officials said they would re-impose “requirements for social distance between worshipers and pilgrims” at the Grand Mosque without specifying whether capacity was set. Earlier, the Kingdom said that social distance and masks were needed again at both indoor and outdoor venues.

The kingdom of about 34 million people has recorded more than 554,000 cases of coronavirus so far, of which 8,874 have died, the highest number of deaths in the Gulf Arab countries. On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia recorded 744 cases. This is the highest number since mid-August.

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly disrupted Islamic pilgrimages. Pilgrimages to Muslims are usually the kingdom’s main source of income, bringing about $ 12 billion annually. The six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Qatar) have recorded the most new cases in months.

Despite having the highest immunization rates in the world, the UAE has the highest number of infections in the Gulf countries with over 757,000. On Wednesday, we recorded 2,234 infections. This is the highest number since June. “The UAE’s health sector is fully prepared and ready to address any challenges,” said Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Emirates, according to the official WAM news agency. I tried to reassure people.

The United Arab Emirates is preparing to host a New Year’s Eve celebration, including Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower in the Dubai Emirates. Dubai, which relies heavily on tourism, was one of the world’s first destinations to welcome visitors in July 2020. We also look forward to the 6-month Expo 2020 trade fair to boost the economy. – AFP

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