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Image caption: Cleaners disinfect the area around the Kaaba in the Grand Mosque of Mecca in this April 24 file photo

Saudi Arabia will not allow foreign visitors to make the annual Islamic pilgrimage, or Hajj, this year due to the risk of coronavirus. So who is the most affected?

People usually come from all over the world to visit Mecca. But this year, Saudi authorities say that the only non-Saudi pilgrims who can participate are those who normally reside in the Kingdom.

In 2019, there were a total of 2.49 million pilgrims in Hajj, of which 1.8 million were international visitors, according to official Saudi statistics.

And the data shows that the number of pilgrims from non-Arab countries in Africa and Asia has been growing in recent years.

Typically, each country is assigned a specific quota for Hajj, depending on the size of its Muslim population, with Indonesia having the highest number, followed by Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nigeria and Egypt.

All of these countries have seen increases in coronavirus cases during May and early June, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.

India, Pakistan and Bangladesh in particular are reporting large numbers of new cases daily.

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