Nigeria’s Nasarawa state has lifted its ban on religious gatherings for two weeks after which it will be reviewed.

Dogo Shammah, the state commissioner for information, tourism and culture, said religious leaders would be expected to follow the guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Worshippers will be required to wash their hands and wear face masks.

After two weeks the state government will consider if the ban will be lifted permanently.

Nasarawa borders the capital, Abuja, which has the third highest number of coronavirus cases in the country.

The lifting of the ban comes ahead of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr celebrations expected in a few days.

Kano state on Monday allowed Muslims to conduct Friday prayers while following guidelines to try to ensure coronavirus does not spread.

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