Combo photo shows a mosque in Sharjah.
UAE authorities have temporarily closed mosques and amended the 'adhan' or the Muslim call to prayer, to include the words "pray in your homes", as the country comes together to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
The announcement was made on Monday that the five daily prayers usually held at mosques have been cancelled.
Several social media videos showed that the 'adhan' was now instructing worshippers not to come to mosques for congregational prayers, asking the faithful to pray in their houses.
The changes were in effect until further notice, the Ministry said.
The muezzin, or person who calls for the Muslim prayer, would continue to make the call, authorities said.
The Health Ministry stressed in a statement that its aim to continue expanding the scope of testing nationwide to facilitate the early detection of coronavirus cases and carry out the necessary treatment.
The UAE health ministry also announced the death of an Asian with complications from coronavirus, bringing the number of deaths in the country to 11.
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