Ministry asks Hajj pilgrims to limit their activities before departure

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

“We urge (pilgrims) to limit their activities before leaving, at least one week before leaving, so that they are not exposed to COVID-19, and their PCR test results may be negative upon departure” , said the head of Hajj from the Ministry of Health. Health Center, Budi Sylvana, said here Saturday.

The ministry has appealed that the departure of Hajj pilgrims should not be delayed because if they contract COVID-19, then they will have to self-quarantine until they test negative for COVID-19 to leave for the Holy Land.

Sylvana especially reminded the pilgrims of the last departure group to be careful as they would not be able to perform Hajj this year if they were infected with COVID-19.

“Avoid excessive outdoor activity and contact with large crowds so that the departure process goes smoothly,” he said.

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Meanwhile, the Director General of Hajj and Umrah Organization at the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Hilman Latief, said pilgrims entering the Hajj dormitory were confirmed to be in good health and ready to perform their worship.

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

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

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

“Rest enough and do a lot of worship, or do both enough because (you) will be there for 42 days until the peak (of the pilgrimage), wukuf, casting the jumrah, etc.,” he said. declared.

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