Millions of Muslims across South East Asia stay at home on Friday following bans and repeated calls to suspend Friday congregational prayers as part of efforts to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19.

Several cities in Indonesia, the largest Muslim nation with over 270 million population, have suspended religious gatherings for two weeks as country is under lockdown.

The Indonesia Ulema Council said mass Friday prayers remain mandatory for those in areas with low potential for spread of the virus.

But Muslims are not allowed to perform Friday prayers at the mosque in places where

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