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Plans to resume Friday prayers in Bahrain postponed

Decision announced by Ministry of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments following a spike in cases over the Eid holiday

Plans to resume Friday prayers in Bahrain postponed

The kingdom currently has 12,311 confirmed cases of coronavirus, while 20 people across the country have lost their lives to the Covid-19 virus.

Plans to resume Friday prayers in Bahrain from June 5 have been postponed, according to the Ministry of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments.

The decision was taken following a spike in the number of Covid-19 cases as a result of public gatherings over the Eid holiday.

The kingdom currently has 12,311 confirmed cases of coronavirus, while 20 people across the country have lost their lives to the Covid-19 virus.

In a statement, the ministry said: “Based on the statements of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs regarding rituals during pandemics and on the recommendations of the tripartite meeting, the Ministry of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments decided to postpone the resumption of the Friday prayers at this stage.

"The new date will be decided following the review of the latest developments and related reports. All decisions will be regularly reviewed in accordance with the Shariah regulations."

Over 90,000 mosques in Saudi Arabia reopened on Sunday amid heightened health and safety guidelines to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.

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