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Coronavirus: Church buildings left empty as thousands of worshipers move online

 

With swiftly changing circumstances and new guidelines regarding COVID-19 in relation to large gatherings, churches have turned to livestreaming, garnering millions of views.

Bishop David Oyedepo’s Winners Chapel Tuesday Live Service tagged ” Convenant Hour of Prayer witnessed unprecedented online viewers as hundreds joined online.

U.S President Donald Trump was among hundreds of thousands of Christians who attended church online ON Sunday after he leaned heavily on Scripture on Saturday to declare a National Day of Prayer in the wake of the new coronavirus pandemic.

Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the country via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities, the CDC said.

The Lagos state Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Anofiu Elegushi, on Wednesday said that “all large religious gathering of over 50 people should be suspended immediately”.

Meanwhile, an Islamic Scholar, Dr. Abubakr Imam Aliagan, has warned President Muhammadu Buhari government, the Sultanate Council and Muslim authorities, not to shut down mosques in Nigeria over the coronavirus.

“Again, our sisters are always adorned in Hijab, some even use Niqab and gloves. So, we the Muslims already have a potent immune system against coronavirus. That is to say that we don’t have any problem, Aliagan said.

As of Wednesday morning, more than 204,000 people worldwide have tested positive for COVID-19 and 8,241 people have died, according to Per Second News Coronavirus Watch.

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