Mosques in Abyei unlocked amidst COVID-19 pandemic


Muslims in Abyei Administrative Area have resumed normal Friday’s group prayers since last week amidst COVID-19 outbreak.

Speaking to Abyei FM on Wednesday, the secretary of information for Islamic Council in Abyei, says mosques in Abyei town and Agok are reopened. Deng Monjtuic Agok says they were told to unlock their worship houses by South Sudan Islamic Council in Juba.

Monjtuic says health guidelines such as hand washing, wearing face mask, and social distancing are being followed during the prayer to control the spread of COVID-19.   

The high level committee on COVID-19  in Abyei  is yet to comment.

In March, the government of South Sudan issued a ban on gatherings and closed schools, bars, churches, and mosques among some other public places over fears of the coronavirus.

Some churches are reopened but others remain closed. Council of Churches in Abyei says it waiting for an official communication allowing them to reopen churches.

Abyei Administrative Area has 52 confirmed cases of Coronavirus including two deaths. As of Tuesday, South Sudan has 2514 confirmed cases of the Coronavi- out of which 47 deaths and 1294 recoveries.

Meanwhile, the global infection stands at 25,298,87 and 847,602 fatalities according to WHO’s report, Tuesday.