With Sanitizers, Masks and Social Distancing, Annual Hajj Pilgrimage Begins in Saudi Arabia

World | Associated Press | July 30, 2020, 10:39 am
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 Hundreds of Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, as they observe social distancing to protect themselves against the coronavirus, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: AP)
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Hundreds of Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, as they observe social distancing to protect themselves against the coronavirus, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: AP)

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 A man burns incense as the area around the Kaaba, the square structure in the Great Mosque, toward which believers turn when praying, is prepared for pilgrims, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Ministry of Media via AP)
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A man burns incense as the area around the Kaaba, the square structure in the Great Mosque, toward which believers turn when praying, is prepared for pilgrims, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Ministry of Media via AP)

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 General view of the Grand Mosque, at the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia ahead of the Hajj pilgrimage. Anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 pilgrims will be allowed to perform the annual hajj pilgrimage this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Image: AP)
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General view of the Grand Mosque, at the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia ahead of the Hajj pilgrimage. Anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 pilgrims will be allowed to perform the annual hajj pilgrimage this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Image: AP)

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 The area around the Kaaba is prepared for pilgrims, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Ministry of Media via AP)
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The area around the Kaaba is prepared for pilgrims, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Ministry of Media via AP)

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 Pilgrims pray around the Kaaba, the square structure in the Great Mosque, toward which believers turn when praying, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Ministry of Media via AP)
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Pilgrims pray around the Kaaba, the square structure in the Great Mosque, toward which believers turn when praying, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Ministry of Media via AP)

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 Muslim pilgrims line up to leave after they circled the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, as they observe social distancing to protect themselves against the coronavirus, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: AP)
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Muslim pilgrims line up to leave after they circled the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, as they observe social distancing to protect themselves against the coronavirus, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: AP)

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 Men burn incense as Muslim a small number of pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba, the square structure in the Great Mosque, toward which believers turn when praying, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Ministry of Media via AP)
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Men burn incense as Muslim a small number of pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba, the square structure in the Great Mosque, toward which believers turn when praying, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Ministry of Media via AP)

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 Limited numbers of pilgrims move several feet apart, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in the first rituals of the hajj, as they keep social distancing to limit exposure and the potential transmission of the coronavirus, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)
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Limited numbers of pilgrims move several feet apart, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in the first rituals of the hajj, as they keep social distancing to limit exposure and the potential transmission of the coronavirus, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)

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 A pilgrim touches the Kaaba, the square structure in the Great Mosque, toward which believers turn when praying, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Ministry of Media via AP)
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A pilgrim touches the Kaaba, the square structure in the Great Mosque, toward which believers turn when praying, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Ministry of Media via AP)

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 A small number of pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba, the square structure in the Great Mosque, toward which believers turn when praying, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Ministry of Media via AP)
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A small number of pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba, the square structure in the Great Mosque, toward which believers turn when praying, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Ministry of Media via AP)

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 A man burns incense as the area around the Kaaba, the square structure in the Great Mosque, toward which believers turn when praying, is prepared for pilgrims, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Ministry of Media via AP)
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A man burns incense as the area around the Kaaba, the square structure in the Great Mosque, toward which believers turn when praying, is prepared for pilgrims, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Ministry of Media via AP)

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 Officials prepare for the arrival of pilgrims in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, by simulating the first rites of hajj around Islam’s holiest site, the Kaaba, hours before the pilgrimage is set to begin. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)
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Officials prepare for the arrival of pilgrims in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, by simulating the first rites of hajj around Islam’s holiest site, the Kaaba, hours before the pilgrimage is set to begin. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)

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 Limited numbers of pilgrims pray in the first rituals of the hajj, as they keep social distancing to limit exposure and the potential transmission of the coronavirus, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)
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Limited numbers of pilgrims pray in the first rituals of the hajj, as they keep social distancing to limit exposure and the potential transmission of the coronavirus, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)

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 The area around the Kaaba is prepared for pilgrims, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Ministry of Media via AP)
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The area around the Kaaba is prepared for pilgrims, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Ministry of Media via AP)

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 Workers polish the white marble floors surrounding Islam’s holiest site, the Kaaba, inside the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)
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Workers polish the white marble floors surrounding Islam’s holiest site, the Kaaba, inside the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)

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 Officials prepare for the arrival of pilgrims in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, by simulating the first rites of hajj around Islam’s holiest site, the Kaaba, hours before the pilgrimage is set to begin. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)
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Officials prepare for the arrival of pilgrims in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, by simulating the first rites of hajj around Islam’s holiest site, the Kaaba, hours before the pilgrimage is set to begin. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)

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 Pilgrims move several feet apart, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in the first rituals of the hajj, as they keep social distancing to limit exposure and the potential transmission of the coronavirus, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)
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Pilgrims move several feet apart, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in the first rituals of the hajj, as they keep social distancing to limit exposure and the potential transmission of the coronavirus, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)

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 Workers disinfect the ground outside the Grand Mosque, over fears of the new coronavirus, at the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia (Image: AP)
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Workers disinfect the ground outside the Grand Mosque, over fears of the new coronavirus, at the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia (Image: AP)

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 Workers disinfect the ground outside the Grand Mosque, over fears of the new coronavirus, at the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: AP)
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Workers disinfect the ground outside the Grand Mosque, over fears of the new coronavirus, at the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: AP)

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 Limited numbers of pilgrims pray in the first rituals of the hajj, as they keep social distancing to limit exposure and the potential transmission of the coronavirus, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)
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Limited numbers of pilgrims pray in the first rituals of the hajj, as they keep social distancing to limit exposure and the potential transmission of the coronavirus, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)

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 Limited numbers of pilgrims move several feet apart, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in the first rituals of the hajj, as they keep social distancing to limit exposure and the potential transmission of the coronavirus, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)
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Limited numbers of pilgrims move several feet apart, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in the first rituals of the hajj, as they keep social distancing to limit exposure and the potential transmission of the coronavirus, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)

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 Limited numbers of pilgrims pray in the first rituals of the hajj, as they keep social distancing to limit exposure and the potential transmission of the coronavirus, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)
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Limited numbers of pilgrims pray in the first rituals of the hajj, as they keep social distancing to limit exposure and the potential transmission of the coronavirus, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)

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 Limited numbers of pilgrims pray in the first rituals of the hajj, as they keep social distancing to limit exposure and the potential transmission of the coronavirus, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)
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Limited numbers of pilgrims pray in the first rituals of the hajj, as they keep social distancing to limit exposure and the potential transmission of the coronavirus, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)

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 Limited numbers of pilgrims move several feet apart, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in the first rituals of the hajj, as they keep social distancing to limit exposure and the potential transmission of the coronavirus, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)
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Limited numbers of pilgrims move several feet apart, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in the first rituals of the hajj, as they keep social distancing to limit exposure and the potential transmission of the coronavirus, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)

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 Limited numbers of pilgrims pray in the first rituals of the hajj, as they keep social distancing to limit exposure and the potential transmission of the coronavirus, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)
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Limited numbers of pilgrims pray in the first rituals of the hajj, as they keep social distancing to limit exposure and the potential transmission of the coronavirus, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)

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 Limited numbers of pilgrims pray in the first rituals of the hajj, as they keep social distancing to limit exposure and the potential transmission of the coronavirus, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)
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Limited numbers of pilgrims pray in the first rituals of the hajj, as they keep social distancing to limit exposure and the potential transmission of the coronavirus, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)

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 Limited numbers of pilgrims move several feet apart, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in the first rituals of the hajj, as they keep social distancing to limit exposure and the potential transmission of the coronavirus, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)
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Limited numbers of pilgrims move several feet apart, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in the first rituals of the hajj, as they keep social distancing to limit exposure and the potential transmission of the coronavirus, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)

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 Limited numbers of pilgrims, move several feet apart, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in the first rituals of the hajj, as they keep social distancing to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)
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Limited numbers of pilgrims, move several feet apart, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in the first rituals of the hajj, as they keep social distancing to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)

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 Limited numbers of pilgrims move several feet apart, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in the first rituals of the hajj, as they keep social distancing to limit exposure and the potential transmission of the coronavirus, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)
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Limited numbers of pilgrims move several feet apart, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in the first rituals of the hajj, as they keep social distancing to limit exposure and the potential transmission of the coronavirus, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)

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 Limited numbers of pilgrims move several feet apart, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in the first rituals of the hajj, as they keep social distancing to limit exposure and the potential transmission of the coronavirus, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)
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Limited numbers of pilgrims move several feet apart, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in the first rituals of the hajj, as they keep social distancing to limit exposure and the potential transmission of the coronavirus, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)

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 Limited numbers of pilgrims arrive keeping social distancing to limit exposure and the potential transmission of the coronavirus, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)
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Limited numbers of pilgrims arrive keeping social distancing to limit exposure and the potential transmission of the coronavirus, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)

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 Limited numbers of pilgrims move several feet apart, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in the first rituals of the hajj, as they keep social distancing to limit exposure and the potential transmission of the coronavirus, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)
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Limited numbers of pilgrims move several feet apart, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in the first rituals of the hajj, as they keep social distancing to limit exposure and the potential transmission of the coronavirus, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)

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 Limited numbers of pilgrims move several feet apart, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in the first rituals of the hajj, as they keep social distancing to limit exposure and the potential transmission of the coronavirus, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)
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Limited numbers of pilgrims move several feet apart, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in the first rituals of the hajj, as they keep social distancing to limit exposure and the potential transmission of the coronavirus, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)

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 Limited numbers of pilgrims move several feet apart, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in the first rituals of the hajj, as they keep social distancing to limit exposure and the potential transmission of the coronavirus, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)
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Limited numbers of pilgrims move several feet apart, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in the first rituals of the hajj, as they keep social distancing to limit exposure and the potential transmission of the coronavirus, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Media Ministry via AP)

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 A pigeon flies over the site of the Grand Mosque that is empty due to the coronavirus prevention procedures, on the first day of the annual hajj that normally draws millions of faithful, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: AP)
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A pigeon flies over the site of the Grand Mosque that is empty due to the coronavirus prevention procedures, on the first day of the annual hajj that normally draws millions of faithful, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Image: AP)

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