Since January 2022, 10 thousand Umrah pilgrims have been exposed to COVID-19

Jakarta, IDN Times – The Ministry of Religion (Kemenag) has allowed the congregation to return to perform Umrah during the COVID-19 pandemic. The first departure will be on January 8, 2022.

The arrival of the congregation back to Indonesia for the first time on January 17, 2022 as many as 411 people. From this data, there are 241 worshipers who were exposed to the Corona virus through examinations entry test and exit test.

Based on data from the Ministry of Health sourced from the Ministry of Religion, the Port Health Office and the Quarantine Hotel, from January 17 to March 4, 2022, there were 10,290 pilgrims who were confirmed positive for COVID-19.

During this period, 21,470 pilgrims have returned to the country.

Read also: Saudi Arabia lifts quarantine rules and PCR tests, masks are also not required

1. The highest positivity rate will occur on March 2, 2022

More than 10 thousand Umrah pilgrims in 2022 infected with COVIDUmrah pilgrims perform tawaf around the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque (IDN Times/Mela Hapsari)

Amount positivity rate the highest occurred on March 2, 2022 with a percentage of 95.54 percent. The data was obtained from 157 congregants who came, 128 positive from entry test and 22 is positive from exit test.

On February 9, 2022, positivity rate recorded at 84.21 percent. Then the percentage positivity rate The high also occurred on January 31, 2022 at 77.67 percent.

Also Read: Thousands of Indonesian Congregants Exposed to COVID-19 During Umrah During a Pandemic

2. Saudi Arabia lifts quarantine rules and PCR tests, masks are also not required

More than 10 thousand Umrah pilgrims in 2022 infected with COVIDThe Grand Mosque, Makkah, has begun to open for prayers for Saudi Arabian citizens since it was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, seven months ago, Sunday (18/10/2020). (ANTARA FOTO/Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS/pras.)

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Previously, the government of Saudi Arabia began today revoking quarantine rules, PCR tests, and the obligation to wear masks in open places. This was confirmed by the Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia (KJRI) in Jeddah, Eko Hartono.

“Yes, that’s right, starting today,” said Eko to the IDN Times, Sunday (6/3/2022).

3. AMPHURI welcomes

More than 10 thousand Umrah pilgrims in 2022 infected with COVIDHajj pilgrims perform tawaf, around the Kaaba, at the Grand Mosque by keeping a distance during the 2020 Hajj pilgrimage in the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (ANTARA/REUTERS/Saudi Ministry of Media via /La/pri.)

The Muslim Association for Hajj and Umrah Organizers of the Republic of Indonesia (AMPHURI) welcomed the revocation of the health protocol rules.

The Head of Umrah AMPHURI, Zaky Zakaria said that his party had also read a circular from the Saudi government and the Saudi aviation authority (GACA) regarding the no longer applicable health protocol rules.

“Alhamdulillah, Saudi Arabia is back to normal, no longer implementing health protocols,” said Zaky.

Zaky explained that according to the rules he received, the prayers in Saudi Arabia’s mosques now no longer keep their distance. Congregants are allowed to close their rows.

According to him, masks are also no longer required to be worn in the open.

“Saf pray again in all Saudi Arabian mosques, including the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s, although they still wear masks when in closed spaces,” he said.

Furthermore, Zaky said, people who want to enter Saudi Arabia are not required to be tested for COVID-19. In addition, migrants are also not required to undergo quarantine.

“The PCR and antigen are not required when coming to Saudi Arabia,” he added.