Indonesia cancels hajj pilgrimage

Indonesia has cancelled the Hajj pilgrimage this year for people in the world's largest Muslim-majority nation due to concerns over the coronavirus, said the religious affairs minister.

Each year hundreds of thousands of Indonesians go on the Haj to Saudi Arabia, where Islam's two holiest sites –– Mecca and Medina –– are located.

For many Indonesians, the religious pilgrimage is a once-in-a lifetime event, with the average wait time 20 years due to a quota system, according to the country's cabinet secretariat.

Saudi authorities have already said the Haj and Umrah pilgrimages –– which attract millions of travellers from around the world –– will remain suspended until further notice.

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