Hajj 2020: latest updates as the pilgrimage begins

Follow our coverage as Muslims take part in a very different pilgramage this year amid the coronavirus pandemic

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The streets of Makkah usually throng with hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from all walks of life. This year’s Hajj will be attended by just over a thousand Muslims when it begins on July 29 as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.

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Residents say it is the emptiest they have seen the holy city, which usually draws more than two million people during Hajj. Those who are able to participate in the annual pilgrimage will have the Grand Mosque almost to themselves.


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