COVID-19: Osun cancels Eid prayers

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By Richard Akintade, Osogbo
The Osun State Government has announced there would be no Eid congregational prayers on Friday, July 31.
 The state Government said it reached the decision having appraised how the state was faring with respect to the global health emergency, vis-a-vis the fact that Eid-el- Kabir and Juma’at fell on the same day.
Government, however, said that Juma’at service would hold on that day in line with the existing safety protocols and guidelines.
The State is said to still be recording rising figures of confirmed COVID-19 cases amid an active community transmission stage of the pandemic.
This, coupled with the fact that people whose COVID-19 status have not been ascertained, would be travelling into the State from different parts of the country, in the spirit of the celebration.
The State Government said it could not afford the impact of any form of large ggathering such as the kind expected at praying grounds and the associated difficulties of enforcing the safety protocols against COVID-19.
According to the state government  “Our health managers are also worried by the recent surge in active cases , and have warned that the State could experience galloping figures due to continued disobedience of safety protocols if it allows any kind of specially high density gatherings or congregation.
“The State Government does not want its citizens exposed to this dangerous infection, especially among the aged and those with underlying health conditions.
“The State Government is not relenting in its fight to curtail the spread of the coronavirus, and to rid the State of it.
“The government is, and will continue to take necessary actions towards ensuring the safety and security of its people.
“The Governor and State Government wish all Muslim faithful a happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration ahead.”
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