Tens of thousands of Muslims participated in the first day of Ramadan in the Kaaba on the occasion of Umrah rites, which are conducted under a number of precautionary conditions imposed by Saudi Arabia to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The most notable was the immunization requirement, where Umrah can only be spent for people who have been vaccinated or who have contracted and recovered from the disease.
MU’tamrun of Minsk marched around the Kaaba on Tuesday on the first day of Ramadan, putting on gags and taking predetermined paths, in order to maintain social distancing. Saudi Arabia required Umrah to be immune to the coronavirus to allow them to perform Umrah rituals.
Permits to perform Umrah and pray at the Grand Mosque during Ramadan are only granted to those who have received an anti-coronavirus vaccine, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced earlier this month.
Select Ministry immunized three categories, who got two doses of the vaccine corona virus or spent 14 days after receiving the first dose of the vaccine or a fun party of the injury.
These measures raised the capacity of the Grand Mosque during Ramadan to 50,000 worshippers and 100,000 worshippers per day, according to official media.
The umrah, which can be performed at any time throughout the year, attracts millions of Muslims from around the world each year, but was suspended in March 2020 as part of unprecedented precautionary measures taken to curb the pandemic.
It was not clear if these actions come amid rising numbers of HIV infections in the kingdom, can be extended to the annual hajj pilgrimage later this year.
In late July last year, 10,000 people from within the kingdom were allowed to perform the hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam, while 2019 saw an estimated 2.5 million pilgrims perform.
In total, Saudi Arabia recorded more than 400,000 infections and 6,700 deaths with coronavirus.
Provided the kingdom with a population of about 34 million people, more than five million vaccine so far.