Inside the Holy mosque, Mecca

By Nimot Adetola Sulaimon

Not more than 10,000 muslims resident in Saudi Arabia have begun the 2020 Hajj pilgrimage whilst following strict coronavirus preventive measures.

Usually, millions troop into Saudi Arabia to perform the fifth pillar of Islam.

But due to the pandemic, the pilgrims were drastically scaled down, with only residents allowed to perform the Hajj.

Saudi Arabia has 272,590 cases of the virus, with close to 3000 deaths.

Hajj pilgrims are colour-coded and they have been instructed to perform tawaf along corresponding coloured strips placed on the floor.

See more photos below.

Female pilgrims observing social distancing while praying

A coronavirus-conscious pilgrim praying inside the Holy Mosque, Mecca.

Pilgrims making their Tawaf rounds, following colour-coded strips on the floor

View of Hajj 2020

Pilgrims queue to enter the Holy mosque

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