DUBAI (1) – Non secular authorities within the United Arab Emirates mentioned medical employees treating COVID-19 sufferers are exempt from fasting during Ramadan and urged Muslims not to congregate for prayers during the holy month anticipated to begin this week.

FILE PHOTO: Folks preserve distance in a line exterior a grocery store to forestall the unfold of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates April 18, 2020. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

The Emirates Fatwa Council mentioned in a press release carried on state media late on Sunday that every one wholesome persons are obliged to quick however medical employees on the frontline of the novel coronavirus pandemic needn’t accomplish that “in the event that they concern that fasting could lead on to weakening their immunity or to shedding their sufferers”.

It mentioned Muslims ought to adjust to bodily distancing whereas praying during Ramadan and the Eid Al Fitr vacation that marks its finish. The UAE has suspended prayer in all homes of worship together with mosques as a part of containment measures.

“Congregating to carry out the prayer may endanger lives, an act that’s strictly forbidden in Islam,” mentioned the assertion.

The UAE, the area’s enterprise hub, has recorded 6,781 infections with 41 deaths, the second highest depend after Saudi Arabia within the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council the place the variety of circumstances has steadily risen to surpass 26,600 with greater than 160 deaths as international locations ramp up testing.

A number of Gulf Arab states have suspended passenger flights, imposed curfews and closed most public venues, however have seen an increase in transmissions amongst low-income migrant employees, a lot of whom reside in cramped quarters. Some Gulf governments try to prepare repatriation flights for expatriates who’ve misplaced jobs or been placed on depart.

UAE Vice-President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, who can be ruler of Dubai emirate, introduced the launch of a humanitarian marketing campaign on Sunday to present 10 million meals or meals parcels to communities hit by the outbreak within the nation.

“Offering meals for everybody, with the strategy of the Holy Month of Ramadan, is a social precedence in our battle towards the pandemic,” he mentioned in an English-language Twitter publish. “Within the UAE, nobody sleeps hungry or in want. Nobody is left.”

Thousands and thousands of international employees, many from Asia, kind the spine of Gulf economies and work in sectors which have been hit by the coronavirus outbreak.

The pandemic can be doubtless to disrupt the numerous remittances these employees ship again to their home international locations.

Reporting by Nafisa Eltahir; Writing by Ghaida Ghantous; Modifying by Raissa Kasolowsky