The Strand Moslem Council has reportedly placed six mosques in the community under lockdown with immediate effect after its senior imam Moulana Ghosain Rhoda died on Monday morning due to COVID-19 related complications.
A report by EWN said the council held an emergency meeting on Sunday night after the imam was hospitalised.
“It’s a precautionary measure. Moulana passed away this morning. He was our senior imam. The cause of his death was COVID-related. The decision was taken after debating with the other imams of the council. We came to the conclusion that it will be safer for the community because preservation of life is much more important,” welfare secretary for the Strand Moslem Council, Mogamad Nur Badroon was quoted as saying.
Seven known families had also tested positive for COVID-19, the report said.
This came as the Western Cape government announced over the weekend that the province was facing a resurgence in COVID-19 infections, adding that it may enter the third wave in two to three weeks.
“The Western Cape is currently facing a resurgence as it has seen increases in its case numbers every day, over the past 12 days.
“While this is not yet a third wave, it is the first sign that we are moving toward one,” Premier Alan Winde said.