TEHRAN (IQNA) – This year’s Hajj rituals began in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, with a limited number of pilgrims due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Only one thousand (and according to some local reports 10,000) pilgrims are taking part in the 2020 Hajj, all of whom are residents of the kingdom. The pilgrims were all subject to temperature checks and virus tests before arriving in Mecca and were quarantined at home and in their hotel rooms in the city ahead of Wednesday’s start of the rituals.