Muslims unable to enter the holy mosques of Mecca and Medina will now not be allowed to hope within the overflow areas exterior their partitions, the Saudi authorities determined forward of Friday prayers in a bid to include Covid-19 unfold.
The Mecca and Medina mosques are the one two worship websites nonetheless open for prayers in Saudi Arabia. The transfer to limit worship there as properly comes because the desert kingdom makes an attempt to gradual the unfold of the Covid-19 coronavirus.
Congregational and Friday prayers have been suspended at each single different mosque in Saudi Arabia, an unprecedented transfer for the religious nation.
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Mecca and Medina are the 2 holiest cities in Islam. Mecca alone attracts round 5 million devotees yearly through the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages. In gentle of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Umrah has been suspended this yr.
Saudi Arabia has recorded 274 circumstances of Covid-19 thus far. Although no Saudis have but died from the sickness, the federal government in Riyadh has shut down companies and halted all worldwide flights. All non-public sector work in Saudi Arabia has been suspended for 15 days as of Thursday.
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