Update: March 27th 2020
On Thursday, Sindh government decided to ban congregational prayers in mosques including Jummah prayers in Sindh till April 5th 2020 amid coronavirus fears, according to ARY NEWS.
Provincial spokesman Murtaza Wahab announced the decision on his Twitter account. He said that the Sindh government has taken a big decision placing a ban on congregational prayers at the mosques from masses.
Here’s what Murtaza Wahab tweeted:
کورونا وائرس کے پھیلاؤ کو روکنے کے لئے حکومت سندھ کا بڑا فیصلہ، مساجد میں عام افراد باجماعت نماز ادا نہیں کرسکیں گے، فیصلہ تمام مکاتب فکر کے علمائے اکرام اور طبی ماہرین کی مشاورت کے بعد کیا گیا ہے۔ مسجد کے عملے سمیت پانچ افراد باجماعت نماز پڑھ سکیں گے۔شہری فیصلے کی پابندی کریں۔
— SenatorMurtaza Wahab (@murtazawahab1) March 26, 2020
Earlier, in the light of recent events, President Arif Alvi took it to his twitter advising citizens to avoid joining crowds for the Friday prayer to avoid any exposure to the deadly virus.
The higher authorities of the country are concerned about citizens being infected by a coronavirus.
Provincial governments of Sindh and Balochistan announced official holidays for educational institutes
On Wednesday, the first case of coronavirus was confirmed in Karachi following panic in the masses. The epidemic initially broke out in Wuhan, China at the end of 2019.
People who have fever cough shortness of breath or any flu symptom should avoid going to public gatherings. I have taken opinion from Ulema that for the sake of community well being they can perform prayers at home & avoid Jumma congregation so as not to put other people at risk.
— Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) February 27, 2020
Shehzad Ghias, a comedian, took it to his Facebook to spread awareness.
Earlier, the Friday prayers were canceled in Iran due to the outbreak in the country. Currently, many countries in the middle east have been under a state of emergency.
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