Coronavirus: Pakistan Struggles to Limit Islamic Prayers to Stem Spread

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Coronavirus: Pakistan Struggles to Limit Islamic Prayers to Stem Spread

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28 Mar 2020

Pakistani authorities struggled to limit congregational prayers on Friday (March 27) with devout Muslims defying government orders to stay home, threatening efforts to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Religious Affairs Minister Noor-ul-Haq Qadri on Thursday capped the maximum number of people at prayers at five.

The announcement came after a meeting of President Arif Alvi with clerics from all religious sects, seeking their help in limiting the size of congregations, which in some cases swells to huge numbers during traditional Friday afternoon prayers.

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