March 12, 2020 / 11:48 AM / 20 days ago

Singapore to close mosques to prevent coronavirus spread

SINGAPORE, March 12 (Reuters) - Singapore will close all mosques for at least five days for deep cleaning to prevent the spread of coronavirus after a number of congregants in the city-state attended an Islamic conference in neighbouring Malaysia linked to infections.

The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore said the closures would take effect Friday, and that authorities are trying to track down around 90 Singaporeans who attended the three-day religious event in Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur.

A number of other religious groups have cancelled physical gatherings in Singapore in recent weeks to try and halt the spread of a virus that has infected 178 people in the city-state. (Reporting by John Geddie; editing by Jason Neely)

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