Shia Sect Of Muslims Cancels  Friday Prayers Tomorrow To Prevent Spreading Of CoronavirusMuslims offering Friday prayers (representative image) (Photo by - Himanshu Vyas/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The Shia sect of Muslims has canceled their Friday prayers tomorrow (20 March) as per the advice of the Marja who is considered the supreme leader of the community authorised to issue fatwas.

This is according to the fatwa issued jointly by many Marjas.

The Shia Imam of Mawani Malad, Maulana Ashraf Imam, speaking to IANS said that "this is for the whole country as the coronavirus is spreading"

"This is as per advice of the health ministry and the Marja has also advised to avoid gathering, so we have cancelled Friday prayers tomorrow.”

India saw 25 fresh COVID-19 cases on Wednesday (18 March). Three people have died in India -- one each in Delhi, Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Countries across the globe have pushed for more drastic measures to contain the pandemic that has now surpassed over 2,00,000 cases with over 8,000 fatalities.

The deadly virus originated in China's Wuhan city in December last year.

The Centre has so far evacuated hundreds of stranded Indians from China, Italy and other affected countries.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

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