Muslims in India will mark the holy month of Ramadan amid the coronavirus lockdown avoiding congregational prayers at mosques.

Ramadan is due to start in the country on April 25 or 26 depending on the sighting of Moon.

Muslims make up about 14% of the country’s 1.3 billion population.

So far, cases from the novel virus have risen to over 23,500 and the death toll has mounted to 722, according to the US-based Johns Hopkins University.

Adhering to government directives, Muslim scholars have advised the community to offer prayers at home and avoid large iftar (fast-breaking meal) gatherings.

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