The World Health Organization (WHO) warns of an increase in corona infections in the Arab region due to the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, which starts in mid-April.
Easter also poses risks, according to a WHO director.
The situation is not improving and in many countries, developments are heading in a worrying direction, says the WHO chief for the Eastern Mediterranean. He says he understands that Easter and Ramadan are important occasions to be celebrated, but he calls on everyone to protect each other.
During Ramadan, devout Muslims abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from sunrise to sunset. When it is dark, they come together to break the fast (iftar).
At gatherings in large groups, the risk of corona spread is exceptionally high, as in mosques, which are usually very busy.
Egypt has already announced that it will ban the usual communal meals for the poor just like last year due to the pandemic. Dubai’s emirate also wants to ban this tradition of free meals for the less fortunate this year.