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Islamic Congregation of Global Ijtima in South Sulawesi's Gowa Postponed

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Antara • 19 Maret 2020 14:55
Jakarta: The Islamic congregation, termed the 2020 Global Ijtima-Asian Zone, in South Sulawesi Province and attendees comprising several thousand Muslims from Indonesia and Asia, has been postponed to combat the spread of covid-19.
The decision was taken as a precautionary measure against the potential spread of covid-19 by isolating members of the congregation for the sake of their safety and of the local residents, Gowa Regent Adnan Purichta Ichsan YL informed journalists here on Thursday, March 19, 2020.
The mass gathering to be held in Nirrannuang Village, Bontomarannu Sub-district, was postponed following a meeting with several members of the organizing committee and Global Ijtima-Asian Zone's advisory council.

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The meeting was initiated by representatives of the Gowa regency administration, local police and military, along with other related parties, including the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI).
Ustadz Abdurrahman, representing the organizing committee, notified the district administration about the postponement, but several thousand congregation members had arrived at the venue.
"For the sake of the safety of the people, the Ijtima participants have been isolated. Our guests, who come from different parts of Indonesia and other countries, understand about this preventive measure. They are ready for being isolated," he revealed.
The isolation was conducted while preparing for their departure to their respective hometowns and countries. The local government had also sent its medical team members to check the participants' health condition, Adnan Purichta Ichsan YL stated.
In halting the potential spread of covid-19, the Gowa regency administration has also sprayed disinfectant at the venue area, he revealed, adding that buses will be provided to them to reach the airport on the days of their flight schedules.
Covid-19, which firstly struck in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of December 2019, has killed more than 8,900 people and infected at least 218,900 people worldwide.
In Indonesia, the virus has infected at least 227 people and killed 19 while 11 others have recovered and been discharged from hospitals.
Taking into account the increasing death toll and the spread of this virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic. (Antara)


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