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Covid-19: Perlis Closes 12 Mosques, Tells Muslims To Perform Friday Prayers At Home Instead

Covid-19: Perlis Closes 12 Mosques, Tells Muslims To Perform Friday Prayers At Home Instead

The decision was made following growing concerns of Covid-19 infections in the north.

Kirat Kaur

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The Perlis Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (MAIPs) has ordered the closure of 12 mosques in the state and issued a directive for Muslims to perform Friday prayers at home instead due the recent re-emergence of new Covid-19 infections.

Who said what: MAIPs president, who is the Raja Muda of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail, said the mosques would be closed until further notice. In a statement, he decreed that Friday prayer for the affected constituents will be replaced with Zohor prayer at their respective homes.

What you need to know: MAIPs has ordered 12 mosques in Sanglang, Senglong, Simpang Ampat, and Guar Sanji to close. The mosques and prayer halls in the areas will replace the call to prayer (azan) with a message telling Muslims to pray at home instead. A limit of four people for mosque activities has also been reintroduced.

How it got here: Covid-19 infections in the north of the peninsula have been growing since the emergence of the PUI Sivagangga cluster in Kedah, which evolved from an import case to a community infection that now runs two-generations deep.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah informed the public yesterday, 6 August, that the viral strain in the cluster could be a “super spreader” originating from Egypt and Pakistan, which has a faster transmission rate compared with previous Covid-19 clusters.

Perlis, which borders Kedah, has recorded 20 Covid-19 cases so far with current infections on 29 July and 4 August involving a foreigner and a local, respectively.

Read more:

COVID-19: 12 mosques in Perlis ordered close from today (Bernama)

Perlis tells Muslims to perform Friday prayers at home as Covid-19 menaces region anew (Malay Mail)

Nasi Kandar Eatery-Linked Covid-19 Cluster In Kedah Explodes To Second Generation, Infects Schoolchildren (NST)

Dr Noor Hisham: Sivagangga Covid-19 cluster possibly involves super-spreader virus strain from Egypt, Pakistan (Malay Mail)


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