Haj pilgrim limit is 1000: Saudi minister

Saudi Arabia's haj minister says the number of pilgrims attending haj this year will be limited to around 1000 local citizens and residents, to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

Pilgrims coming from overseas will be barred this year and the ministry will apply a strict health criteria to choose pilgrims who may attend, including excluding those above 65 years old, Mohammed Benten said at a news conference on Tuesday.