World Coronavirus: Iran will reopen mosques for three sacred nights
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is preparing to reopen mosques for two hours for three nights during one of the most important moments sacred of the year, said Iran’s Minister of Health on Tuesday.
Mosques were closed in March to curb the spread of Covid-19 disease in the most bereaved country in the Muslim world, which has been living since Ramadan since April 25.
The temporary reopening was granted on the occasion of the celebrations of Laylat al-Qadr, or Night of Destiny, the 27th night of Ramadan which marks, according to Muslim tradition, the night when the first verses of the Qur'an were revealed to.
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The Minister of Health, Saïd Namaki, has announced the reopening of mosques between midnight and 2:00 a.m. for three of the next five nights starting Wednesday.
"The biggest strategic mistake would be to think that the coronavirus is finished," he warned on state television, however, calling for vigilance. "At any time, we risk coming back to a bad situation" because of "negligence".
"Our priority remains to organize outdoor ceremonies" such as "in stadiums", he added, "so that social distancing is properly observed".
He stressed that the temporary reopening of the mosques was in response to a "concern" of Ayatollah, who, however, "still supports all" government "measures against the pandemic.
The Minister called on the faithful to respect "health protocols as much as possible" during the ceremonies.
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The Minister of Health on Tuesday announced 48 additional deaths from Covid-19, bringing the national death toll to 6,733.
In the past 24 hours, 1,481 new cases of contamination have been detected, bringing the total number of patients to 110,767 in Iran.
The first cases of the disease appeared in Iran in mid-February. Without imposing confinement or quarantine, the authorities closed mosques, schools, universities, cinemas, stadiums and other places of assembly, however.
Since April 11, the state has authorized a gradual reopening of businesses, and Monday, the reopening of mosques in about 30% of the counties.
The faithful can also now return to attend weekly prayers on Fridays in several provinces, while in Tehran, restrictions are maintained.
Monday, the Deputy Minister of Health, Aliréza Raïsi, however, reported a "turning back in Khouzestan (southwest), with increased hospitalizations and non-compliance with protocols" health.
"It can happen in any other province if we are not careful," he warned, saying the restrictions would be re-imposed if necessary.
05/12/2020 13:09:49 - Tehran () - © 2020 AFP
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