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Saudi Arabia expects spike in COVID-19 cases within days

*Hajj Ministry restricts issuance of Umrah permits *Re-introduces social distancing during Tawaaf, Prayers in the Mataaf

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Saudi Arabia Minister of Health Fahad Al-Jalajel said that Saudi Arabia is currently witnessing a rise in the number of coronavirus infections, expecting a further increase in the upcoming days.

The minister said in a statement on Tuesday that the vaccine has proved its efficacy in relieving symptoms and hospitalization. He expressed concerns over the people who have not yet received their doses of vaccine against coronavirus.

“The concern is currently focused on the category that has not completed its vaccination, as most of those who are now in intensive care did not fully immunize against the virus,” he said.

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The minister’s remarks came in the wake of a rising tide of coronavirus infections in the Kingdom that accounted for 2,585 within the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has restricted the issuance of Umrah permits to one permit every 10 days.

An official source told Haramain Sharifain, that this measure was taken to control crowds and re-apply the precautionary measures including Social and Physical Distancing during Tawaaf and Prayers in the Mataa

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The Precautionary measures were tightened in the Two Holy Mosques after an increase in COVID-19 cases were reported driven by the Omicron Variant.

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Earlier the Ministry had removed all capacity restrictions and visitors could obtain permits without any waiting period.

 

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