Saudi: Thermal cameras in Mecca Grand Mosque for Umrah

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Sophisticated thermal cameras have been set up in the Grand Mosque in Mecca a few weeks before the resumption of the Umrah journeys.

The cameras operate through sophisticated monitoring systems and emit alerts on recording a high temperature for any worshipper and visitor to the mosque, thus allowing swift handling of suspected virus cases, the Saudi news agency SPA reported.

On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia unveiled a plan for gradual resumption of Umrah and visits to the two holy mosques in Mecca and Medina, starting from next month.

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Saudis and foreign residents in the kingdom will be allowed in the first phase beginning October 4 to perform Umrah at a capacity of 30% amid health precautions.

Muslims abroad will be allowed to go to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah as of November 1.

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