Mosques stay open in Pakistan amid virus outbreak

Sun Online Desk

3rd April, 2020 03:36:34 printer

Mosques stay open in Pakistan amid virus outbreak

Mosques were allowed to remain open in Pakistan on Friday, the Muslim sabbath when adherents gather for weekly prayers, even as the coronavirus pandemic spread and much of the country had shut down.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is relying on restricting the size of congregations attending mosques and advice to stay at home from religious groups like the country's Islamic Ideology Council.

The number of coronavirus death toll has climbed to 35 and 2,450 people have infected in the deadly disease.

However, some provinces have issued their own lockdown orders to prevent Muslims from gathering for Friday prayers. In southern Sindh province, a complete lockdown is being enforced from noon until 3 p.m., the time when the faithful gather for prayers. Anyone found on the streets will be arrested, according to the provincial local government minister in a statement.