Pictures: The Grand Mosque in Mecca wears a deserted look

Above, an aerial view shows the Grand Mosque and the Mecca Tower in a deserted surrounding on the first day of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, in the Saudi holy city of Mecca.
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The sprawling courtyards of the Grand Mosque and the Central Haram Area wore a deserted look as the faithful have been forced to observe the fasting month of Ramadan in isolation, staying at their homes.

Worshippers perform Taraweeh prayer at Kaaba in the Grand Mosque on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan during the outbreak of the COVID-19, in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

A picture shows sanitation workers disinfect the area around the Kaaba in Mecca’s Grand Mosque, on the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, amid a ban on family gatherings and mass prayers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A general view of empty Kaaba at the Grand Mosque during the holy month of Ramadan, in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

A general view of an empty Grand Mosque during the holy month of Ramadan in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

A picture shows Saudi policemen standing guard next to the Kaaba in Mecca’s Grand Mosque, on the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

The Grand Mosque in Mecca is usually at its busiest during Ramadan as it attracts more than 1 million worshipers every year.

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The usually jam-packed grand mosque is empty as worshipers stay indoors amid strict lockdown measures because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Every evening after the sun sets, families usually gather to eat together, and many go to the mosque to pray, two activities which will not be possible this year.

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