No need to cancel Friday prayers over corona at present: Egypt's Min.


Sat, 07 Mar 2020 - 12:27 GMT

Worshippers during a prayer- File Photo

Worshippers during a prayer- File Photo

CAIRO - 7 March 2020: Egyptian Minister of Awqaf [Endowment] Mohamed Mukhtar stated on Saturday that Egypt has no need now to cancel Friday prayer for coronavirus outbreak.

His comments were stated during a press conference on humanity in Islam in the Faculty of Theology at Al Azhar University on Saturday.

Four days ago, the minister told “90 Minutes” talk show on Mehwar channel that Friday prayer could be canceled as a preventive measure against coronavirus spread.

Egypt confirmed on Friday 12 new cases of coronavirus c(Covid-19) on board a Nile cruise ship in Upper Egypt, raising the number to 15 caes. The 12 staff members did not show any symptoms, according to a statement from a Egyptian Ministry of Health.

The patients on the ship coming from Aswan to Luxor were mainly infected by an American tourist from a Taiwanese origin, the ministry spokesman said, citing a report for the World Health Organization.

Those on board the cruise ship were diagnosed by the polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) in the 14th day, the ministry said, adding that 12 people tested positive for the disease.



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