IQNA

18:15 - March 19, 2020
News ID: 3470959
TEHRAN (IQNA) – The Astan (custodianship) of the Kadhimiya Shrine in Iraq dismissed reports that the shrine is closed to pilgrims.

 

The Astan in a statement said that the doors of the shrine are open and will not be shut, al-Sumaria TV reported.

It added that meanwhile, sterilization of the mausoleum continues as long as there is the danger of spread of the coronavirus.

The statement said the Astan’s managers and staff are trying to prepare the conditions to serve the pilgrims on the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Musa Kadhim (AS).

It stressed, however, that the Astan has cancelled certain activities and changed the way some others are held in line with the recommendations of medical doctors regarding the need for avoiding large gatherings.

The Kadhimiya shrine is located in the Kadhimayn suburb of Baghdad, Iraq. It contains the tombs Imam Musa Kadhim (AS) and Imam Jawad (AS).

Classified a pandemic by the World Health Organization, the new coronavirus, a respiratory disease known as COVID-19, emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei Province late last year.

It has killed some 8,000 people globally, and infected more than 200,000 others, according to the WHO.

 

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