This Moroccan man's dream was to perform the hajj in Mecca, so he grabbed his bicycle and started riding there. For four years.
Only a small number of faithful are taking part in this year's hajj, usually one of the biggest religious gatherings in the world. Authorities have dramatically downsized the pilgrimage to prevent fresh virus outbreaks.
Some African Muslims spend a lifetime saving to make the hajj pilgrimage. With the downsizing of this year's hajj due to the coronavirus pandemic, they regret the missed chance and worry about getting a refund.
Every year, some 200,000 Pakistanis travel to Mecca to perform the Hajj, with some even spending all their savings to fulfill their religious duty. But this year, they can only watch a subdued Hajj on their TV screens.
While some countries are reporting more and more new cases every day, others are adapting to a "new normal." Data for the global picture shows that the pandemic is far from over. DW's weekly statistics update.
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