Allana Masjid in Mumbai’s upscale Colaba area has temporarily closed its doors to worshippers, over growing concerns about the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Worshippers at the masjid were greeted with a notice at its entrance on Thursday evening, saying the masjid will be closed until further notice, including all congregational prayers as well as Jumu’ah (Friday) prayers.
The worldwide toll of the Coronavirus pandemic has reached 5,082 on Friday. At least 3,100 people have died in China, followed by 1,016 in Italy, and 514 in Iran, which are the three countries worst-hit by the disease. Since COVID-19 was first detected in December, more than 134,300 people have been infected in 121 countries and territories, reports said.
17 people have been tested positive for Covid-19 in Maharashtra, forcing the state government to order the shut down of all malls, gyms, cinema halls, and swimming pools in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Navi Mumbai, and Pimpri-Chinchwad from midnight on Friday. The government has also cancelled all public gatherings, including all political meetings, conferences to avoid the spread of the deadly virus.