KABUL, Afghanistan 

Religious scholars in Afghanistan on Sunday out rightly banned all sorts of congregations in the country amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The ruling came in the form of a ‘fatwa’ religious decree through the Ulema’s (religious scholars) High Commission, endorsed by the Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs.

It has urged people to stay at home and avoid going to mosques for five-time prayers. The decree has advised only a few close relatives should attend funeral prayers of a person who dies of the coronavirus.

This comes as the number of patients infected with the virus also known

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