Saudi to gradually resume Umrah pilgrimage from October 4

RIYADH (AFP) – Saudi Arabia will gradually resume the year-round Umrah pilgrimage for Muslims from October 4, the Interior Ministry said on Tuesday, seven months after it was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Kingdom suspended the Umrah in March and later scaled back the annual Haj in a blow to millions of pilgrims around the world amid fears that the coronavirus could spread to Islam’s holiest sites. In the first stage, “6,000 citizens and residents within the Kingdom will be allowed to perform the Umrah per day from October 4”, the ministry said in a statement published by the official Saudi Press Agency.

More details on Thursday’s Borneo Bulletin