IQNA

12:01 - December 07, 2021
News ID: 3476831
TEHRAN (IQNA) – Egypt’s government said it will allow funeral prayers inside large mosques that are authorized to hold the weekly Friday prayers, under anti-coronavirus precautionary measures.

Worshipers at Mosque in Egypt

 

It announced the decision during a meeting of the Supreme Committee for the Management of the Coronavirus Crisis headed by Prime Minister Mostafa Mabdouly on Monday.

The decision was issued in accordance with a request by the Ministry of Religious Endowments, a Cabinet statement read.

Egypt closed mosques for few months in 2020, and later allowed open-air funeral prayers only in mosques that have courtyards.

Starting this month, Egypt is barring unvaccinated people from entering government institutions, and starting last month, unvaccinated state employees are no longer allowed into their workplaces without presenting negative PCR tests. 

Egypt is working to implement all the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) to face the new coronavirus variant Omicron and prevent it from spreading, acting Health Minister Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar said during the meeting on Monday.

Receiving the vaccine remains necessary to face the new variant and limit its impact, Abdel-Ghaffar said.

The WHO has reiterated that the Omicron variant can be detected with a PCR test and that the variant is spreading more among those who are not vaccinated, Abdel-Ghaffar said.

 

Source: english.ahram.org.eg

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