RIYADH: The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance reopened seven mosques in three regions that were temporarily closed for cleaning after coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases were confirmed among worshippers.
COVID-19 infections have led to 1,562 mosques in the Kingdom being forced to close in the past 127 days. They were reopened after sanitization measures were completed.
The ministry said on Sunday that three mosques were reopened in Qassim and Jazan each, and one in Riyadh.
The ministry urged worshippers and mosque employees to follow precautionary measures, including wearing face masks, using their own prayer mats and maintaining social distance.
Nearly 177 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported around the world since the outbreak of the pandemic, and more than 3.8 million people have died after contracting the virus.
Infections have been reported in more than 220 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019. Nearly 161 million people have recovered from COVID-19.
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