One of the provincial governments in Pakistan banned congregational prayers on Tuesday in mosques for an indefinite period in an attempt to control the spread of coronavirus.

The decision was made after consultation with religious leaders and scholars, according to a notification by the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) provincial government.

“Only five or fewer people designated for masjid Pesh e imam [spiritual leader] Moazzin [the person who calls for the prayer], Care-Taker shall offer prayers by Jammat and that the general public will offer their prayers at their respective homes,” said the notification.

The order will take effect

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