Mosques reopen in Iraq, six months after their closure due to coronavirus pandemic

Despite continued public health threat
Civil defense team members spray disinfectant to sanitize the surroundings of the Kufa mosque following an outbreak of the coronavirus in the holy city of Najaf, Iraq, Feb. 27, 2020. Photo by REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani.

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SULAIMANI — Nearly six months after they closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic, mosques in central and southern Iraq reopened on Sunday (September 20).

In a statement on Saturday announcing the change, the Higher Committee for Health and National Safety urged worshippers to abide by public health guidelines when attending prayers and sermons.

The Committee also decided to reopen amusement parks and playgrounds.

Late last month, the Sunni Endowment Diwan announced its intention to reopen mosques.

The decision comes as coronavirus continues to pose a significant public health threat.

According to the health ministry, there have been 315,597 cases of coronavirus in Iraq. 249,539 patients have recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 8,491 have died from it.

Across the country, there were 3,907 new cases on Saturday and 83 deaths. Baghdad led all governorates with 1,264 new cases.

(NRT Digital Media)