The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has declared the suspension of all forms of daily congregational prayers as a means of curbing the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
The decision was made on Tuesday by the Council of Senior Scholars in a statement made available to the Saudi Gazette, a Saudi news agency.
Alarabiya, a reliable news platform for Saudi and Middle Eastern news is also reporting the development.
However the council said, the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah are excluded .
“The 25th extraordinary session of the council held in Riyadh ruled that all the mosques will remain closed on a temporary basis but the call for prayer (adhan) shall be made as usual,” the statement reads.
In an attempt to tackle the spread of the virus, the kingdom had earlier suspended the annual pilgrimage prayers, and also imposing a temporary lockdown on its eastern Qatif area, home to a large Shia-Muslim population, to prevent the spread.
This was after it recorded 38 new cases of the coronavirus as at Tuesday as the total number infected rose to 171.
Saudi Arabia had earlier suspended all educational and Quranic activities at the mosques.