Health experts have warned of an epidemic in South Asia, home to a fifth of the world's population, that could easily overwhelm its weak public health systems.
The government's reluctance to ban congregational prayers carries within it the fraught tensions of Pakistan's identity.
The coronavirus has given us a chance to re-examine our excesses, and how we approach faith.
The event, to be held in Christchurch on Sunday, was expected to attract a large crowd, with many travelling from around New Zealand and from overseas.
Indian Muslims have been subjected to numerous hate-driven attacks and in most cases, the aggressors are from the country's Hindu majority.
An eyewitness said around 100 worshippers were in the mosque hall at the time of the attack and roughly 20 people jumped on the assailant. "The incident is not being treated as terror related at this time," police said.
Paris will ban the funding of mosques by foreign states and will stop Arabic and Turkish courses for Muslim children.
The holiday also known as the Feast of Sacrifice celebrated over a four day period is one of two most important holidays in the Islamic calendar, with prayers and the ritual sacrifice of animals.
The Israel Antiquities Authority estimates that the mosque, uncovered ahead of new construction in the Bedouin town of Rahat in the Negev desert, dates back to the 7th to 8th centuries.
Commissioner of Police Mike Bush confirms Australian citizen Brenton Tarran has been charged with a terror act and faces 51 charges of murder and 40 of attempted murder.
Citing fire officials, administrators at the mosque said that the blaze was started deliberately and that federal authorities are involved in the investigation.
Known as the Pearl of Bosnia, the mosque was demolished by Serbian forces during the 1992-1995 Bosnian War, but rebuilt over the last five years with the support of Turkey's General Directorate of Foundations
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