Covid: Riyadh bans iftar in mosques during Ramadan

To contain spread of virus

08 April, 15:08

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, APRIL 8 - Saudi Arabia has suspended iftar, the evening meal consumed by Muslims to break the daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan, in all mosques in the Kingdom, in an attempt to control the spread of Covid-19, reported dailies in the United Arab Emirates.

    Ramadan is expected to start around April 13, although the exact date is still to be announced.

    Meanwhile, however, Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Abdullatif Al Sheikh said that to break the daily fast people will not be allowed to gather in the mosques, in order to prevent a growing number of coronavirus cases.

    Saudi Arabia has registered an increase in Covid-19 cases in recent weeks, going from 338 daily cases in March to 644 as of April 5.

    In addition to banning iftar in mosques, the government also announced a ban on "suhur" (the last meal prior to sunrise before fasting) and "tikaaf" (staying in a mosque for a certain number of days).(ANSAmed).

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