Mohammed Alabed Alali, Saudi Arabia’s well being minstry spokesman, addresses reporters throughout a press briefing about COVID-19 coronavirus illness, within the capital Riyadh on March eight, 2020. FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP
Saudi Arabia on Tuesday suspended prayers inside all however the holiest two mosques in Islam as the dominion steps up efforts to include the brand new coronavirus, state media reported.
Mosques can be briefly shut for the 5 day by day Islamic prayers in addition to the weekly Friday prayers, the official Saudi Press Company stated, citing the council of senior students — the dominion’s highest non secular physique.
It stated mosques would proceed to concern the ritual name to prayer.
The choice seeks to direct worshippers to hope at residence however doesn’t have an effect on prayers in Mecca’s Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, it added.
The announcement dangers riling fringe hardliners for whom faith trumps well being issues.
Saudi Arabia has reported 171 coronavirus instances, however no deaths to date.
The Arab world’s greatest financial system has shut down cinemas, malls and eating places, halted flights and suspended the year-round umrah pilgrimage in a bid to include the lethal virus.
Greater than 1,000 instances of the virus have been recorded to date throughout the six nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
On Monday, Bahrain’s well being ministry stated a girl had died from the coronavirus, the primary dying from the illness amongst GCC states.