Authorities in Muslim countries were seeking to prevent even larger outbreaks of coronavirus at the close of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting that ends with meals, meetings and collective prayers and which this year caused an exponential increase in cases in the Islamic world.
Turkey imposed today a total quarantine in the 81 provinces of its territory that will last four days, until the end of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, to try to contain a virus that has already killed more than 4,200 people in the country.
Turkey has more than 154,000 cases of coronavirus.
For his part, the President of Iran Hasan Rohani He announced that the country will reopen all its shrines and religious centers this week, but only on Monday, a day after Eid al-Fitr.
To avoid increasing the risk of contagion, religious centers will open “an hour after sunrise and close an hour before sunset,” said Rohani, quoted by EFE news agency.
Islamic but Arab countries of the Middle East, how Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iraqtoday announced a combination of curfews, trade closings and travel bans for Eid al-Fitr holidays, after registering increases in coronavirus infections of up to 350% during Ramadan, according to the World Organization for Health (WHO).
First of all, tomorrow at dawn the faithful will not be able to perform the traditional collective prayer, which marks the end of the fasting month and the beginning of Eid al Fitr, and which usually brings together a large number of people in the mosques and spaces designated for the sentence.
One more tradition that this year is suspended by the coronavirus, which in many countries will also prevent or limit holidays, family visits, and the purchase of gifts and sweets on these holidays.
In the United Arab Emirates, the government advised against giving cash to children, which is one of the traditions of the end of Ramadan.
Both in Saudi Arabia as in Iraq, the authorities have re-imposed a 24-hour curfew for the days of Eid al Fitr, after having relaxed restrictions on movement during Ramadan.
In Iran, Rohani also said that museums and historical centers will open from tomorrow “respecting all hygiene protocols” and that starting next Saturday, May 30, “all government employees will show up at work.”
Iran has more than 133,000 cases of coronavirus so far, as well as 59 deaths.