Worshippers ignore coronavirus social distancing as they pray at mosque in Indonesia

Huge crowds ignored social distancing by packing close together to attend Friday prayers in Indonesia, as the country surpassed the Philippines for the most coronavirus infections in South-East Asia.

The worshippers were pictured praying at the Islamic Center mosque in Lhokseumawe, Aceh province, the northernmost part of the island of Sumatra.

The Acehnese Muslims – who are native to Aceh- were seen close together as they stood alongside each other before kneeling down to pray. Very few were wearing masks, despite the infection fears.

In the photos, they all failed to observe the social distancing put in place to halt the spread of Coronavirus.

On Friday, officials in the country reported 407 new coronavirus cases, taking the total number to 5,923. The country has 430 deaths from the infection.

The news figure means, Indonesia has now surpassed that of the Philippines, which has seen 5,878 confirmed cases and 387 deaths.

The country’s Government announced on Friday plans to expand tax incentives to manufacturing industries to prevent ‘massive bankruptcy’ due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said Indonesia’s economy faces a ‘huge shock’ due to an expected global recession, in addition to the hit it will take from the restrictions on people’s mobility that will hurt domestic demand for products, services and fuels.


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