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Indonesia Cancels Hajj Due to COVID-19

Jakarta, June 2, 2020

In April, a Saudi official asked Muslims intending to perform Hajj this year to delay making plans, hinting at the possibility of cancelling the Hajj this year.

With no official decision yet on this, Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, has cancelled hajj pilgrimage this year, The Jakarta Post reported.

With more than 27,549 cases and over 1,663 deaths to date, Indonesia is taking extensive measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Fachrul Razi, Indonesia’s religious affairs minister, said the decision to cancel hajj this year was made due to concerns over the coronavirus and ongoing travel restrictions.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of Indonesians go to Saudi Arabia to perform hajj. This year, the quota for Indonesian pilgrims was 221,000, with more than 90 percent already registered.

 

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