COVID-19: Kuwait shortens Friday sermon

Cairo: Kuwait’s religious authorities have curtailed the duration of the Friday sermon and prayers as the country is endeavouring to limit the spread of the coronavirus, a local newspaper reported today.

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The Kuwaiti Ministry of Awqaf has set the maximum of the sermon and the weekly congregation prayers at 15 minutes to protect the worshippers, Al Anba newspaper quoted an official as saying.

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Head of the Awqaf’s Technical Affairs Directorate Badr Al Deifiri added that the ministry has issued a circular to mosque imams and preachers about importance of abiding by the set timing and the worshippers’ observance of health directives inside mosques.

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The circular also urges preachers to include in Friday sermons pleas to Allah Almighty to end the pandemic, he added.

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Kuwait has recently introduced new restrictions following an increase in the coronavirus cases. Starting from Sunday, non-Kuwaitis have been barred from entering the country for two weeks. All gyms, health centres and salons are also closed for one month, beginning Sunday

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Curb the spread

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Starting from February 21, Kuwait will enforce mandatory seven-day hotel quarantine on all passengers arriving in Kuwait at their expense to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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Upon the end of the institutional quarantine period, passengers will have to undergo domestic quarantine for seven more days.

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Kuwait so far has recorded a total of 173,983 virus cases and 980 related fatalities

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