On Thursday, Saudi Arabia re-imposed social distance measures at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, due to an increase in corona virus infections in the kingdom, separating worshipers who usually pray shoulder to shoulder.
On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia, the largest Arab economy, reported 744 new injuries, the highest daily infection rate since mid-August. In light of this, the Ministry of Health decided to re-wear the muzzle and distance in closed and open spaces.
Following that, the general head of affairs for the Grand Mosque announced that he would “implement physical distance measures between worshipers and pilgrims,” but without reducing the number of worshipers.
When the kingdom eased its efforts to fight the epidemic last October 17, social remote posters returned to the mosque to determine where the worshipers were standing, following a noon prayer that was removed last October 17.
The kingdom, with a population of 34 million, recorded 8,874 deaths and more than 554,000 injuries, the highest number in the Gulf.
Saudi Arabia closed the Grand Mosque in March 2020 and then reopened it to pilgrims in July under drastic measures, until its full capacity is restored this year.
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