AUTHORITY of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as given update on the much-awaited Umrah operations stressing that the suspension is still invoke.

It also announce that it would lift a nationwide curfew imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The curfew will be lifted across the monarchy starting 6 a.m (0300 GMT) on Sunday along with allowing the reinstatement of all economic sectors, the Saudi state news agency SPA quoted an Interior Ministry source as saying.

However, international flights to and from Saudi Arabia will remain suspended, the source added.

It remains unclear whether the main Muslim pilgrimage, the Hajj, will take place. More than 2 million Muslims head to the Saudi holy city of Mecca every year for the Hajj, which would take place in late July this year.

Saudi authorities late May eased some virus-induced restrictions, shortening the curfew, reopening mosques, except those in Mecca, and resumed domestic flights.

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