For the second successive day in Saudi Arabia, Muslim pilgrims took part in the annual commemoration of the Hajj. However, the difference this year was that all wore face masks, maintained social distancing and were attended by doctors who stood nearby.
Part of the commemoration ritual is that of the casting of stones against a wall that symbolises the devil. In normal circumstances this pilgrimages attracts millions of people, all packed shoulder to shoulder. However, in 2015 hundreds of pilgrims died in the crush during the pilgrimage. It is estimated that only about 10,000 attended this year. In June, the Minister for the Hajj said that about 1,000 were expected to attend.