Saudi Arabia has announced the Kingdom will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Sunday as the Shawwal moon was not sighted there on Friday night.
The Saudi Royal Court issued a statement, saying it has been decided that Saturday will be the 30th day of Ramadan and Sunday will be the first day of Shawal and Eid-ul-Fitr, reports Arab News.
The UAE, Iraq, Qatar and Jordan also came up with the same announcement.
This year though, the situation is different as the Saudi authorities placed a lockdown from May 23 to 27 to limit the transmission of coronavirus. Saudi Arabia has so far confirmed more than 67,000 coronavirus cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Eid is celebrated based on the sighting of the moon.
In Bangladesh, the National Moon Sighting Committee is scheduled to meet on Saturday evening to decide the date of Eid-ul-Fitr.
The highly contagious coronavirus continues to spread across the world as the officially confirmed cases rise to 5,210,065 on Saturday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University.
So far, 338,142 deaths have been attributed to the virus but more two million people have so far recovered.
Coronavirus, first reported in China in December last year, is a respiratory disease which seems to start with a fever, followed by a dry cough. After a week, it leads to shortness of breath and some patients require hospital treatment.
These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. They are similar to those for much more common viruses, such as colds and flu.
The US has by far the largest number with 1,600,937 confirmed cases and 95,979 deaths.
Brazil, the worst-hit country in Latin America, has the second-highest number of confirmed cases in the world. It has so far reported 330,890 cases.
The UK, on the other hand, has the second-highest death toll in the world with 36,475 confirmed coronavirus deaths.
Among other European countries, Italy, France and Spain are the worst-hit.
Meanwhile, China on Saturday said it received report no new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland on Friday, reports Xinhua.
No deaths related to the disease were reported on the day either, according to the National Health Commission, adding that it received reports of two new suspected cases.
The outbreak was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March. A pandemic is when an infectious disease is passing easily from person to person in many parts of the world at the same time.
Meanwhile, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases across Africa surpassed 100,00 as of Friday afternoon, the African Centers for Diasease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said, reports Xinhua.
Bangladesh’s confirmed coronavirus cases shot past the 30,000-mark on Friday with the detection of 1,694 new cases in the span of 24 hours. During this period, 24 more people died from COVID-19 disease, taking the death tally to 432.
The family of slain Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi announced Friday they have forgiven his Saudi killers, giving legal reprieve to the five government agents who’d been sentenced to execution.
“We, the sons of the martyr Jamal Khashoggi, announce that we forgive those who killed our father as we seek reward from God Almighty,” wrote one of his sons, Salah Khashoggi, on Twitter.
Salah Khashoggi, who lives in Saudi Arabia and has received financial compensation from the royal court over the killing, explained that forgiveness was extended to the killers during the last nights of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in line with Islamic tradition to offer pardons in cases allowed by Islamic law.
The announcement was largely expected because the trial in Saudi Arabia left the door open for reprieve by ruling in December that the killing was not premeditated. That finding was in line with the Saudi government’s official explanation of Khashoggi's slaying, which has been called into question internationally.
Saudi media outlet Arab News sought to clarify Friday that the announcement made by Khashoggi’s sons spares the convicted killers from execution, but does not mean they will go unpunished.
The grisly killing and dismemberment of Khashoggi's body in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in late 2017 as his Turkish fiance waited for him outside drew international condemnation and cast a cloud of suspicion over Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The body has never been found.
Prior to his killing, Khashoggi had written critically of the crown prince in multiple columns for the Washington Post and had been living in exile for about a year, fearing he would be detained if he returned to Saudi Arabia as part of a wider crackdown on writers, activists and critics.
After offering shifting accounts of what transpired, and under intense international and Turkish pressure, the kingdom eventually settled on the explanation that Khashoggi had been killed by Saudi agents in an operation masterminded by two of the crown prince’s top aides, who have since been removed from their posts.
The kingdom denies the crown prince had any knowledge of the operation. His critics, however, point to U.S. intelligence reports that say an operation like this could not have happened without his knowledge.
President Donald Trump has defended U.S. ties with Saudi Arabia, despite Congressional pressure and a Senate resolution blaming the crown prince for the murder.
In addition to the five who had been sentenced to execution, the Saudi trial concluded that three other people were found guilty of covering up the crime and were sentenced to a combined 24 years in prison.
In all, 11 people were put on trial in Saudi Arabia over the killing. The names of those found guilty were not disclosed by the government.
The global death toll from coronavirus climbed to 324,910 as of Wednesday morning.
According to worldometer data, the confirmed coronavirus cases in various countries of the world are now 4,986,332.
With the confirmed cases and casualties, the number of recovered patients is also rising as it was 1,958,496 on Wednesday morning, which is 86 percent of the total cases, the worldometer data revealed.
Currently, 2,702,926 confirmed COVID-19 patients are being treated and 45,425 of them are in serious or critical condition.
Coronavirus, first reported in China in December last year, is highly infectious and spread to over 213 countries and territories around the world and two international conveyances.
The US has been the worst-hit country having the highest number of infections and deaths – more than 1,570,583 cases and 93,533 deaths.
Meanwhile, Russia has reached the second position with 299,941 cases and 2,837 deaths.
The UK has the second-highest death toll of 35,341 followed by Spain with 27,778.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus crisis a pandemic on March 11.
Bangladesh has so far confirmed 25,121 cases and 370 deaths.
Bangladesh reported its first cases on March 8 and the first death on March 18.
The global death toll from coronavirus pandemic reached 316,671 as of Monday morning.
Since first reported in China in December last year, coronavirus has so far infected 4,801,875 people globally, according to Worldometer.
Meanwhile, among the currently 2,627,034 infected patients, 2,582,217 are in mild condition, which is 98 percent.
On the other hand, 44,817 of the currently infected patients are in serious condition, and their percentage is only two, the Worldometer shows.
So far, 2,174,841 people have recovered from COVID-19.
The virus is currently affecting 213 countries and territories around the world and two international conveyances.
Globally, the US has the highest number of cases at more than 1.5 million and its death toll is 90,978, also the highest in the world.
Currently, the number of confirmed cases in Bangladesh stands at 22,268 and deaths at 328.