Ministry asks Hajj pilgrims to limit activities before departure

Ministry asks Hajj pilgrims to limit activities before departure

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Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Health Ministry has urged Hajj pilgrims to limit their activities to avoid the risk of coronavirus exposure before leaving for Saudi Arabia.

“We urge (pilgrims) to limit their activities before leaving, at least a week before leaving, so that they are not exposed to COVID-19, and their PCR test results can be negative when they leave,” head of the Health Ministry’s Hajj Health Center, Budi Sylvana, said here on Saturday.

The ministry has made the appeal so that the departure of Hajj pilgrims is not delayed since, if they contract COVID-19, then they will need to undergo quarantine until they are declared negative for COVID-19 in order to leave for the Holy Land.

Sylvana particularly reminded pilgrims in the last departure group to be careful because they would not be able to perform Hajj this year if they get infected with COVID-19.

“Avoid excessive activities outside and contact with large crowds so that the departure process goes well,” he said.

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Meanwhile, director general of Hajj and Umrah organization at the Religious Affairs Ministry, Hilman Latief, said that the pilgrims entering the Hajj dormitory have been confirmed to be in good health and ready to perform their worship.

Latief advised the pilgrims to obey the rules in Indonesia and Saudi Arabia so their worship activities can run smoothly.

“We expect the commitment of all accompanying officers and also the pilgrims. We all currently represent millions of Indonesian pilgrims who are waiting in line for Hajj,” he said.

He also asked pilgrims to be self-disciplined and follow the advice of health officials because the weather in Saudi Arabia is very hot, with temperatures reaching 43 degrees Celsius.

“Get enough rest and do lots of worship, or do both sufficiently because (you) will be there for 42 days until the peak (of the pilgrimage), wukuf, throwing jumrah, and so on,” he said.

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