Turkey suspends mass prayers in mosques

Turkish religious body on Monday has suspended all congregational prayers in mosques until further notice as a protective measures against the coronavirus outbreak.

Ali Erbaş, head of the Religious Affairs Directorate, said on Monday that mosques would remain open for those who want to pray individually.

“In this process, it is sufficient to do the noonday prayer instead of the Friday prayer,” he said.

Erbas emphasized that all members of the Turkish public who went on umrah pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in a government-organized tour have returned to Turkey.

He added that 390 Turkish citizens who travel to Saudi Arabia on private tours will return today and be quarantined.

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