Only 10,000 people can perform Hajj pilgrimage this year.

AFP Photo: A few worshippers perform al-Fajr prayer at the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque complex in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca, June 23, 2020.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia — The Hajj and Umrah minister of Saudi, Dr. Mohamed Salah bin Taher Benten disclosed that approximately 10,000 people will be able to participate in Hajj this year.

The Hajj and Umrah ministry had recently stated that only Saudis will be able to take part in hajj pilgrimage this year. The statement also mentioned that thereby only a certain amount of people from different districts of Saudi will be able to take part in the pilgrimage.

On a press conference yesterday, Dr. Salah stated that they are still not sure about the amount of people that will be able to participate in hajj. However, he mentioned that the amount will not be over 10,000.

The Health Minister of Saudi, Dr. Thaufeeq Al Raabiya said that those who are above the age of 65 and those who are getting treatment for a severe illness will not be given the chance to participate in this years hajj pilgrimage.

Raabiya stated that before starting to perform hajj everyone will be tested for Covid-19 and there health conditions will be monitored regularly as well. The hajj pilgrimage will be carried out with social distancing and a special hospital has been made ready near by in case of any emergency during hajj.

The minister revealed that after the hajj pilgrimage everyone has to get home quarantined.

While only a certain amount of people are able to participate in Hajj this year, before approximately 2.5 million people participate in hajj every year.