“We have decided to close the mosque due to the increased number of COVID-19 cases in the country and death of several Muslims. There will be no more communal prayers until further notice,” . Sheikh Ali Kizza Kasule said
Wandegeya Mosque in Kampala has been closed over COVID-19. Sheikh Ali Kizza Kasule said they closed the mosque following death of several Muslims due to COVID-19.
.Over five mosques have been closed across the country.
Kasule has also advised the Muslims to pray from homes to avoid getting infected.
By Friday (December 25, 2020), Uganda had registered 33,563 positive COVID-19 cases with 238 deaths.
Medical experts have said the country is currently in stage four of the pandemic, which they claim could see more people dead.
Asked whether they have registered any case of COVID-19 deaths, Kasule said, “We have not confirmed any case, but we cannot wait for people to get infected for us to do the needful.”
A survey conducted by New Vision at different mosques in Kampala revealed that many worshippers do not adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines issued by the Ministry of health to mitigate the spread of the deadly pandemic.
Most mosques have temperature guns, but there is no strict observance of social distancing during prayers.
Many worshippers do not carry prayer mats and were seen sharing jerrycans during ablution contrary to the regulations issued by the Government while reopening the mosques.
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