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COVID-19 Mauritania bans collective Eid prayer

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The government commission responsible for monitoring the pandemic has thus decided to bring forward by two hours the start of the curfew, now in effect from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., according to an official statement received Monday at AFP.

Wearing a mask becomes compulsory and gatherings prohibited, according to the new measures.

A sacrificial animal intended for slaughter is sold in anticipation of the Muslim holiday of Eid-al-Adha on July 19, 2021 in Calcutta, India.

Mauritania, a West African country of 4.5 million inhabitants largely desert, has been facing an increase in the number of contaminations for a week. The country has reported more than 22,000 confirmed cases and 508 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

The government commission also decided, following an opinion from the committee of ulemas, that “the prayer of Eid be limited to prayers at home”, whereas it takes place in principle in the presence of many faithful in a large public space, the statement said.

Eid al-Adha, the biggest holiday on the Muslim calendar, is scheduled for Wednesday in Mauritania, an Islamic Republic.

In addition, an awareness campaign, for the respect of measures in the fight against the coronavirus, was launched Monday by the government, noted an AFP journalist.

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