Egypt suspends prayers in all mosques over coronavirus concerns

Ahram Online , Saturday 21 Mar 2020

Muslims wear protective masks while attending Friday prayers inside the Al-Azhar mosque in the ancient Islamic region of Cairo, while Egypt is stepping up efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Cairo, Egypt March 20, 2020. (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt’s endowments ministry decided on Saturday to temporarily suspend all congressional prayers as well as Friday prayers in all mosques across the country to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The duration of the suspension is yet to be announced.

Earlier today, Al-Azhar Grand Imam also suspended prayers at Al-Azhar mosque for two weeks.

Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church, to which the majority of Christians in Egypt belong, also announced on Saturday that it’s shutting down all churches nationwide to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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