Jordan to ban mosque prayers during Ramadan to stem spread of COVID-19: Minister

Reuters , Tuesday 14 Apr 2020

A Jordanian policeman stands guard in front of al Husseini mosque building after closing it to the worshipers amid concerns over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spread, in downtown Amman, Jordan, March 20, 2020. REUTERS

Jordan will not allow public worship in mosques during the holy month of Ramadan that begins next week as part of measures to stem the spread of coronavirus, the religious affairs minister said on Tuesday.

Mohammad Khalaylah said evening prayers known as Taraweeh, a main part of the religious observance of the month-long fasting, would be banned.

As in other Muslim countries, the authorities have closed mosques and public places of worship as part of a tight lockdown and ban on gatherings to stem the spread of the virus in a country with 391 confirmed cases and seven deaths.

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