Somalia: Gov’t & Religious Imams talk about mosque closures amid fears of COVID-19 spread

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A meeting held in Mogadishu, the Somali capital on Saturday saw the attendance of the minister responsible for religion and endowment affairs along with religious imams in which they debated the best possible way to contain the spread of the deadly COVID-19 in Somalia,

The meeting takes place at a time when religious imams have blasted the government’s plans to shut down all mosques in the country amid fears over the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

The minister of religious affairs Nur Mohamed Hassan, officials from the Prime Minister’s office, and security agencies.

After a debate, the following points were agreed:-

  1. Religious imams should play a lion’s share in awareness raising against the deadly COVID-19 infection.
  2. To form a committee that will be responsible in assisting the impoverished members of the community due to COVID-19 pandemic and since the fasting month of Ramadan is approaching.
  3. Government led committee, medical protagonists and religious imams will reach a final decision over whether to close mosques in the country after conducting a survey based on religion and health.
  4. Traders across Somalia are informed not to skyrocket prices of basic commodities. Religious imams should conduct awareness. Government agencies are apprised of taking tough actions against violators of the directives.

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