Sat 21 March 2020:
Iraqi Shia ceremonial eulogists defying ban on public gatherings
Iraqi eulogist reciters still performing Shia ceremonial religious rites are being criticized for not following measures to stop the spread of coronavirus, like social distancing and self-isolation. The religious figures sang verses saying mourners would be protected against COVID-19.
Watch: Hundreds of Shia Iraqis are still congregating in ceremonial religious mourning sessions despite a ban on public gatherings to stem the spread of the #COVID_19 pandemic, videos posted by popular reciters’ on social media show.#Coronavirus #Iraqhttps://t.co/Jb6FLugoUa pic.twitter.com/jOigBDo1AP
— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) March 21, 2020
Iraq formally banned all public gatherings from February 27 onward and banned travelers from Kuwait and Bahrain from entering the country. The Shia holy city of Karbala, like the neighboring holy city of Najaf, attracts Shia pilgrims from Iraq and abroad.
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