World Religious gatherings around the globe inflame the virus

07:26  07 april  2020
07:26  07 april  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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This article will cover 10 of the largest religious gatherings around the world. Many of the religions throughout the world consider a certain place to be especially sacred. The followers of these religions often make pilgrimages to these locations to show their devotion, or simply to absorb the sanctity of

Millions of Muslims from across the globe travel to Saudi Arabia to complete the Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca each year; while Catholic Popes Of the entire world population, only around seven per cent say they don't believe in God. So it's no surprise that religious ceremonies regularly draw

Around the world, some religious gatherings continue to take place, despite widespread knowledge that large groups of people facilitate in spreading the coronavirus -- and in defiance of government restrictions on such gatherings.

a person drinking from a wine glass: People attend a sunday mass at © EVA MARIE UZCATEGUI/AFP/Getty Images People attend a sunday mass at "Santuario Nacional de Nuestra Señor de la Caridad" Church in Miami on March 15, 2020. (Photo by Eva Marie UZCATEGUI / AFP) (Photo by EVA MARIE UZCATEGUI/AFP via Getty Images)

Examples of this inexplicably irresponsible behavior can be found in Iraq, Israel, Pakistan and the United States.

In Israel, ultra-Orthodox Jews continue to hold crowded religious gatherings despite the government banning such meetings, according to the New York Times. Predictably, Covid-19 may be spreading up to eight times faster among Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jews than it has among the general population.

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In fact, the scary virus worrying millions of people around the globe is neither new nor unique. Many of the large family of coronaviruses co-exist with When the bats, which serve as a natural reservoir for the virus , have an epidemic of their own, their viruses develop billions of forms, one of which could

If the virus spreads to anywhere near that extent, it will show the limitations of China’s strict containment measures, including quarantining areas inhabited Quarantines may slow the spread, but the virus had the opportunity to roam in China and beyond before they went into effect, Longini said.

The problem has become so severe that the Israeli government has locked down an ultra-Orthodox city, Bnei Brak, and roadblocks prevent residents from leaving it.

In the Pakistani financial capital of Karachi, which has a population of around 15 million, the provincial government ordered a lockdown during Friday prayers when the faithful typically gather in mosques. On Friday enraged worshippers clashed with police as they tried to enforce the lockdown.

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In Iraq, in late March abaya-clad women crowded the shrine of Imam Musa al-Kadhim in Baghdad while implying their faith kept them safe from the coronavirus. 

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On Sunday, Pastor Tony Spell of the Life Tabernacle Church near Baton Rouge, Louisiana held services despite stay at home orders from Louisiana's governor because of the pandemic. Channeling his inner Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR), Spell told hundreds of his parishioners, many of whom had arrived on more than two dozen buses, that they had "nothing to fear but fear itself."

The danger of such religious gatherings is underlined by anecdotes of how the coronavirus may have spread in countries such as France and India. A prayer meeting at a church in Mulhouse, France in late February unwittingly kicked off "what soon became one of Europe's largest regional clusters of infections, which then quickly spread across the country and eventually overseas," according to the Washington Post. In another case reported by the Washington Post, last month in India thousands of members of a Muslim missionary group had a gathering in New Delhi, which subsequently became a "super-spreader" event as attendees went on to spread the virus around the country when they dispersed.

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The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 205 countries and territories around the world and 2 international conveyances. On January 30, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a Global Public Health Emergency.

The US should look to these cases as examples of what not to do. While many want to continue worshiping in this time of crisis, the risks of gathering to hold in-person services are too great. 

The Lord does indeed work in mysterious ways and even President Donald Trump is getting in on the act, saying at a press conference at the White House on Saturday that he is considering letting "special" churches hold services outside "with great separation" for Easter this coming Sunday. This came during the same press conference where he warned that Americans should expect "a lot of death" in coming weeks.

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