Since the coronavirus hit the world, the whole is in distress. The countries and people have to keep themselves locked in their rooms and houses. Besides, countries have to shut their flights and industries to halt the spread of the virus. That’s the reason, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had announced to close Khana Kaba for few days. Although, the decision was taken for the safety of public, the news created boom and hype in the world. Muslims felt pain and melancholy around the world to see holy place empty and silenced. Therefore, the government announced yesterday to open the religious place from today.
According to officials, residents of the country are permitted to offer Tawaf on Mataaf although small gathering could pray at a time at the place. Moreover, the visitor are not allowed to go near Kaba because the cases of the coronavirus pandemic has not been reduced in the country.
The officials have ordered the security structure and services to stand in Kaba to ensure there would be small gathering of people at Kaba to perform the ritual because social distancing is the major precautionary measure to practice to curb the virus from the place.
The government of Saudi Arabia has enforced partial curfew since 23rd of March for 23 days countrywide to prevent the spread of the virus. Therefore, prayers had banned in the religious places and Khana Kaba.
Currently, there are 1453 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia while eight death are reported of it in the country.
However, the officials has allowed the residents to offer their ritual prayers at the holy place, it is not the right time to take this decision because the country is in second phase of the spread of the virus. It would be better if government will enforce lockdown for few weeks and months to prevent the spread or they will be excessive increment in the tally of the suspected and confirmed patients of COVID-19.
COVID-19 is airborne viral infection which is caused by coronavirus that affects the respiratory system. More than 100,000 patients have been died of it worldwide while 800,000 have been suffering of it around the globe.