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The Mauritanian government decides to limit Eid prayers to homes and ban all gatherings

The Council of Ministers in Mauritania, headed by Engineer Mohamed Ould Bilal, decided to limit the establishment of Eid al-Adha prayers in homes, and to advance the time of the curfew to ten o'clock instead of midnight.

A government statement stated that, given the outbreak of the Corona epidemic, the numbers of deaths and injuries, the statistics of confinement in health structures and the absorptive capacities of these structures, it was decided to completely ban all types of gatherings, whatever their causes. Avoiding any congestion in public transportation and adjusting the timing of the curfew to be from ten in the evening until six in the morning, and it was decided to limit Eid al-Adha prayers in homes.

The Council of Ministers also decided to allocate tomorrow, Monday, to raising awareness of the seriousness of this epidemic, and the necessity of the involvement of all official and local authorities and all civil society actors, in a wide and continuous campaign to explain the danger of laxity in the application of preventive measures decided by the competent authorities and the expansion and acceleration of vaccination operations, especially for the elderly and those with chronic diseases; Full adherence to the required precautionary measures, such as wearing masks, social distancing, perseverance in washing hands and using sterilizers.

For his part, Mokhtar Ould Dahi, Minister of Culture, the official spokesman for the Mauritanian government, revealed the emergence of the mutated Delta in the country.

After a government meeting headed by Prime Minister Mohamed Ould Bilal, Dahi said that the government took a number of measures after recording infections from the Indian strain of the emerging Corona virus, which is known in medical terms as “delta”, which prompted the authorities to impose new restrictions to limit the spread of the virus. The pandemic, while President Mohamed Ould Cheikh El-Ghazwani canceled an expected visit to the city of Atar, in the north of the country.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the Mauritanian government approved three measures, the first of which is to provide the time for the curfew to take effect and obligatory wearing of masks outside homes, in public squares and on the street, launch an awareness program about which a circular will be issued to all governors, enhance patient reception capabilities by opening a new hospital that will be announced soon, and enhance vaccination operations. And canceling Eid prayers and banning all gatherings.