China Reportedly Suspends Religious Gatherings to Contain Spread of COVID-19

Some areas in China will suspend religious gatherings during the upcoming Lunar New Year holidays in an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19, local newspaper Global Times reported.

Authorities in the county of Ninghai in eastern China issued a notice on Feb. 1 to temporarily suspend religious gatherings and services and to close all religious sites, the Communist Party-affiliated newspaper reported.

The local government also appealed to religious groups to provide guidance and explanations to their religious followers to strengthen the efforts against the virus.

Among the areas across the country that have suspended all religious gatherings and venues as a measure against COVID-19 include Beijing, Chengdu, and others.

Meanwhile, disinfection and limitations on the number of visitors are strictly enforced in religious venues that remain publicly open. Visitors are also required to wear masks.

Last Jan. 28, the National Health Commission of China introduced the COVID-19 measures for traveling across provinces during the Lunar New Year holidays “to cope with the challenging situation of epidemic prevention and control.”

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, China has recorded 100,119 cases and 4,818 deaths.


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