Kuwait prayers mosque
Worshippers, distanced safely from each other and clad in face masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, perform the Friday prayers at a mosque in Kuwait City in a file photo. Image Credit: AFP

Cairo: Kuwait has reimposed strict health measures in mosques as the country has recently seen a surge in COVID-19 infections.

Starting from Friday congregation prayers, worshippers are required to observe distancing inside mosques as part of precautions that also include mandatory wearing of face masks, a religious official said.

Undersecretary of the Ministry of Awqaf (Endowments), Farid Emadi added that all worshippers have also to use their personal prayer rugs in mosques.

“The new precautious decisions taken by Awqaf come upon instructions of health authorities after the increase in coronavirus infections in the last days,” he told Al Anba newspaper.

Earlier this week, Kuwait registered its highest daily infection rate since the first case was detected in the country in March 2020.

As part of new precautions to curtail the spread of the virus, all arrivals in Kuwait are now required to present a negative PCR conducted 72 hours before arrival.

The Kuwaiti government has also decided to temporarily halt all social events held at indoor places starting from January 9 until February 28.