16:43 - March 16, 2020
News ID: 3470931
TEHRAN (IQNA) – Algeria’s Awqaf Ministry has issued a Fatwa (religious edict) saying that it is Haram (religiously forbidden) for coronavirus patients to say prayers in mosques.


It added that taking precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the disease, such as avoiding crowded places, is also compulsory for the patients, RT Arabic reported.

Meanwhile, the ministry has banned children, women and the elderly from going to mosques for congregational or Friday prayers.

It has also ordered all libraries in mosques to be closed and all other activities, including educational courses and cultural programs to be called off.

There were 37 confirmed cases and three deaths recorded from the coronavirus outbreak in Algeria reported on Saturday.

Classified a pandemic by the World Health Organization, the new virus, a respiratory disease known as COVID-19, emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei Province late last year.

It has killed nearly 5,800 people globally, and infected over 153,000 others, according to the WHO.





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