- Saudi Arabia has approved the reopening of the Grand Mosque for Umrah as residents will be allowed in as from Sunday, October 4
- Umrah in the mosque will begin at 30% capacity, which will be expanded to 75% after some weeks
- Only visitors from countries which are deemed safe from the coronavirus outbreak will be welcomed
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After several months of Covid-19 pandemic, Saudi Arabia will from Sunday, October 4, open the Grand Mosque to residents in the Kingdom for Umrah.
It should be noted that the Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca got 19 million people to Mecca in 2019 before the kingdom stopped it this year in March, Gulf News reports.
For now, only 6,000 citizens and residents in Saudi Arabia will be allowed into the mosque every day as a measure against coronavirus spread. That number is just 30% of the building's capacity.
On Sunday, October 18, access for that class of worshippers will increase to 75%. On the other hand, visitors from countries considered safe will be allowed from Sunday, November 1.
The same media gathered that Umrah contributes about $12 billion (N4,578,000,000,000) every year to the kingdom.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that billionaire businessman and philanthropist, Bill Gates, said the rich world will be able to put an end to the coronavirus by the end of 2021 while the world at large will be able to end it by 2022.
The Microsoft co-founder stated this in an interview with Wired magazine, which was published on Friday, August 7.
"The innovation pipeline on scaling up diagnostics, on new therapeutics, on vaccines is actually quite impressive.
"And that makes me feel like, for the rich world, we should largely be able to end this thing by the end of 2021, and for the world at large by the end of 2022," he said.
Speaking about antibodies, Gates said:
"Antibodies are two to three months away. We've had about a factor-of-two improvement in hospital outcomes already, and that's with just remdesivir and dexamethasone. These other things will be additive to that."
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