Oman to reopen mosques in November

An empty road is pictured with the Bahwan Mosque in the Omani capital Muscat amid a lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. (File/AFP)
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Updated 28 September 2020

Oman to reopen mosques in November

  • Strict measures will be in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus

DUBAI: Oman will reopen mosques for prayers on Nov. 15, with strict measures in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
“The Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs said that it will take the appropriate decision regarding the opening of mosques and places of worship, in accordance with the guidelines and precautionary measures it has set,” a ministry statement said.
The decision will depend on new local indicators issued by a supreme committee in charge of examining the mechanism of dealing with the developments and spread of coronavirus.
It will also depend on evidence that the number of infected cases are low enough to not put others at risk and prevent the infection from growing.
 

 


Istanbul mayor Imamoglu in hospital after positive coronavirus test

Updated 24 October 2020

Istanbul mayor Imamoglu in hospital after positive coronavirus test

  • Ekrem Imamoglu, from the secularist Republican People’s Party, was elected mayor in a re-run election in June 2019

ISTANBUL: Istanbul mayor Ekrem Imamoglu is a political opponent of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, was admitted at 10p.m. (1900 GMT) after displaying symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection. It said he tested positive for coronavirus and his treatment was continuing.

Imamoglu, from the secularist Republican People’s Party (CHP), was elected mayor in a re-run election in June 2019 in what was at the time a blow to Erdogan and his ruling AK Party.

Since then, there have been sporadic tensions between his municipality and the central government, including disputes over fundraising and measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic in the early stages of the outbreak.