447 Indonesian Hajj pilgrims reported sick: ministry

447 Indonesian Hajj pilgrims reported sick: ministry

A treatment room at the Indonesian Hajj Health Clinic (KKHI) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (ANTARA/Hanni Sofia/am)

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Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Ministry of Religious Affairs has informed that as of Thursday, the number of Indonesian Hajj pilgrims reporting sick has reached 447.


Of the 447 pilgrims, 302 received outpatient care, 142 were treated at the Indonesian Hajj Health Clinic (KKHI), and 3 were taken to a Saudi Arabian hospital, spokesperson for the ministry's Hajj Organizing Committee (PPIH), Akhmad Fauzin, said.


"Meanwhile, Hajj pilgrims that have died increased by one person," he informed at a press conference on Hajj pilgrimage implementation here on Thursday.


According to Fauzin, 10 Hajj pilgrims have died so far.


At least 57,100 Hajj pilgrims have departed for Saudi Arabia so far, he said. As for the special Hajj group, 1,827 pilgrims have arrived in Saudi Arabia.

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On Thursday, as many as 4,429 pilgrims are scheduled to leave for Saudi Arabia in 11 batches from 7 embarkation points.


Two batches (comprising 820 pilgrims) will leave from the Jakarta-Bekasi embarkation point, two batches (720) from the Solo embarkation point, two batches (900) from the Surabaya embarkation point, and two batches (786) from the Makassar embarkation point.


Then, one batch each will leave from the Balikpapan embarkation point (360), the Batam embarkation point (450), and the Lombok embarkation point (360).


The Religious Affairs Ministry has been continuously reminding pilgrims to limit outdoor activities, wear footwear, drink water regularly, and maintain their health by eating on time and getting sufficient rest.

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This year, Saudi Arabia has allowed one million pilgrims from various countries to perform the Hajj pilgrimage. Indonesia has been allotted a quota of 100,051 for the pilgrimage.


Saudi Arabia has laid down two conditions for foreign Hajj pilgrims. First, the pilgrims must not be older than 65 years and must have received the full dose of any COVID-19 vaccine approved by the Saudi Health Ministry.


Second, pilgrims traveling from abroad must have a certificate showing a negative PCR result, with the test taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure.

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