The Saudi authorities decided to hold the Tarawih prayers in the Two Holy Mosques, while continuing to suspend the attendance of worshipers, and to ease the restrictions of the curfew imposed to counter the Corona virus during the holy month of Ramadan.
The Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques said, in a statement today, Wednesday, that it was decided to perform the Tarawih prayers in the Two Holy Mosques and reduce them to five deliveries (10 rakats), while continuing to suspend the attendance of worshipers.
The statement said that King Salman bin Abdulaziz agreed to establish and reduce Tarawih prayers in the Two Holy Mosques.
The General Secretariat of the Council of Senior Scholars in Saudi Arabia recommended last Sunday the general Muslims to pray the obligatory prayers and Taraweeh during the month of Ramadan in their homes, if it was recommended by the competent authorities in their countries or the countries in which they reside.
On Sunday, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted a press release by the authority stressing that full care must be taken with the decisions of the competent authorities in those countries, which aim to preserve public health and reduce the spread of the Corona epidemic.
She called for Muslims to avoid gatherings because they are considered the main cause of the spread of infection, according to the relevant medical reports, including iftar and group magic.
The commission called on Muslims to pay zakat within the frameworks that do not contradict the recommendations of the competent authorities in preventing congestion, gatherings and other means of transmission.
Modify curfew times
On the other hand, the official news agency quoted a source in the Ministry of the Interior (unnamed) Tuesday evening as a decision to amend the times during which it is allowed to roam during Ramadan.
The decision included permitting wandering in all regions and cities, whether subject to the ban or not, from 9 am (7:00 GMT) until 5 pm (15:00 GMT).
The decision stipulated that roaming in the areas where a complete prohibition applies “within the scope of the residential neighborhood in which they reside, and limiting movement by car to one person, in addition to the driver of the vehicle,” according to the same source.
Death toll and injuries
As of Tuesday, the death toll from Corona in Saudi Arabia had risen to 109, and injuries to 11,631, according to the Ministry of Health statement.
Recently, five Arab countries have eased preventive measures to counter the Corona virus, despite WHO warnings.
The authorities in Tunisia, Yemen, Jordan, Iraq and Palestine have decided to reduce the hours of the partial preventive curfew due to reduce the spread of the virus.
On Tuesday, the World Health Organization warned against the sudden lifting of general isolation measures to contain the Coronavirus, and said that if restrictions were eased prematurely, there would be a return to infection.