How no pilgrimage to Mecca this year is affecting people and businesses in the Midlands

Scenes like these in 2017 won't be seen this year at Mecca. Credit: PA Images

Imran Patel from Leicester has spoken about his disappointment in not being able to take part in the holy pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia this year.

The annual pilgrimage, known as Hajj, is taking place from Tuesday, July 28 - Sunday, August 2 this year with more than two million Muslims usually making the journey.

But with coronavirus gripping the globe, just 1,000 pilgrims from within Saudi Arabia will be able to attend.

It's a blow for Imran, who has suffered major health scares in the past and says he might not be able to make the journey in future years.

The scaling back of Hajj has also had a huge impact on the businesses that arrange travel to Mecca.

Tour operator, Hijaz Travel, in Birmingham was doing well until February but since then has seen its takings drop to zero.

Watch Pablo Taylor's full report, below.

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