The World Health Organization (WHO) warns of an increase in coronavirus infestations in the Arab region due to the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, which begins in mid-April. Easter also presents risks, according to a director of the WHO.
The situation is not getting better and developments in many countries are moving in a worrying direction, according to the WHO boss for the Eastern Mediterranean. He says to understand that Easter and Ramadan are important occasions to be celebrated, but he calls on everyone to protect each other.
During Ramadan, pious Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from sunrise to sunset. When it is dark, they come together to break fasting (iftar). At meetings in large groups, the probability of corona spreading is particularly high, as in mosques that are usually very busy.
Egypt has already announced that it would ban the usual joint meals for the poor just as it did last year because of the pandemic. The emirate of Dubai also wants to ban this tradition of free meals for disadvantaged people this year.