Soaring infections dampen Eid festivities in Southeast Asia

Muslims attend Eid prayers in Kano, Nigeria.
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Date Published: May 24, 2020

Source: CTV News

Rising COVID-19 cases are putting a damper on traditional Eid celebrations in Southeast Asia. Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, has reported almost 22,000 coronavirus cases and 1,350 deaths. To curb the spread of COVID-19, the majority of provinces are prohibiting congregational prayers at mosques and open fields, as well as family reunions. Aceh, one province in Indonesia, has reported no cases in the past few weeks and is allowing prayers at mosques but without hand shaking and with limited sermons. In the neighbouring country of Malaysia, Eid celebrations are also dulled, though businesses are starting to reopen. Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin cautioned citizens, “to preserve life, we have to sacrifice some of our traditions or norms so as to prevent infection.”

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Summary by: Roslyn Mainland