Saudi Arabia is considering limiting the number of Umrah pilgrims due to the current COVID-19 situation in China.
According to recent reports, the Saudi government is evaluating the possibility of reducing the number of Umrah pilgrims in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
NOTE: The decision of limiting Umrah is not yet final. Our staff will update this page when there is an official announcement.
The decision comes as China continues to grapple with a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, and the Saudi authorities are concerned about the potential for the virus to be brought into the country by travelers.
The COVID-19 emergency in China is getting worse, with the number of cases continuing to rise and the country struggling to contain the spread of the virus.
According to recent reports, China has seen a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, with many new infections being reported in the northern region of Hebei. The surge in cases has prompted the Chinese authorities to impose strict lockdown measures in several cities and to ramp up testing and vaccination efforts.
The COVID-19 situation in China is being exacerbated by the spread of more transmissible variants of the virus, which are believed to be contributing to the rapid increase in cases. The authorities are also concerned about the potential for the virus to spread to other countries and are working to implement measures to prevent the export of cases.
The situation in China concerns the global community, and many countries are closely monitoring the status and taking steps to protect their populations. It is important for individuals to follow the local authorities’ advice and take steps to protect themselves and others from the spread of the virus.
The Umrah is a religious pilgrimage to Mecca that Muslims are encouraged to perform at least once in their lifetime. It is a less intensive version of the Hajj, a mandatory pilgrimage that all Muslims must undertake at least once in their lifetime if they are physically and financially able.
While the Saudi authorities have not yet made a final decision on the matter, it is expected that any restrictions on the number of Umrah pilgrims will be implemented in the coming weeks.
The decision would significantly impact the thousands of Muslims who travel to Saudi Arabia for the Umrah each year and could have broader economic consequences for the country as well.
The COVID-19 situation in Saudi Arabia remains fluid, and travelers need to stay informed about the latest developments and follow the advice of the local authorities.