By Staff writer
Saudi authorities are reportedly considering the Haj season for the first time in the kingdom's history
Health authorities in Saudi Arabia have announced 3,366 new confirmed cases of Covid-19, bringing the kingdom’s total number of cases to 123,308.
According to Saudi Ministry of Health statistics, there are still currently 39,828 active cases undergoing treatment.
Additionally, 1,519 new recoveries have been confirmed, bringing the country’s total to 82,548.
Of the new cases, 1,089 were detected in Riyadh, compared to 310 in Makkah, 227 in Dammam, 191 in Madinah, and 163 in Khobar.
Over the weekend, a senior official from the Saudi Ministry of Haj and Umrah told the UK’s Financial Times that the kingdom is considering cancelling the 2020 Haj season for the first time since the kingdom was established in 1932.
“The case has been carefully studied and various scenarios are being considered,” the official said. “A formal decision will be taken within a week.”