WHO welcomes Saudi Arabia’s decision on Hajj this year

WHO welcomes Saudi Arabia's decision on Hajj this year

Geneva (UNA-OIC) – Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus welcomed the decision announced by Saudi Arabia to organize the annual Hajj pilgrimage this year with a very limited number of pilgrims of different nationalities who live within the Kingdom.

At the media briefing on COVID-19 here on Wednesday, Tedros noted that the Saudi decision was made based on a risk assessment and analysis of different scenarios, in accordance with WHO’s guidance, to protect the safety of pilgrims and minimize the risk of transmission.

“WHO supports this decision. We understand that it was not an easy decision to make, and we also understand it is a major disappointment for many Muslims who were looking forward to making their pilgrimage this year,” he said, adding that “this is another example of the hard choices that all countries must make to put health first.”

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