The decision also comes after PM Narendra Modi called for a ‘janata curfew’ on Sunday

Imphal: As the world, including India, continues to struggle against the coronavirus pandemic, Manipur Baptist Church (MBC) on Friday announced to cancel normal Sunday church fellowship on Sunday, March 22.

The decision also came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a nationwide ‘janata curfew’ on Sunday in view of the unprecedented spread of the deadly virus and as a preventive measure against the pandemic.

MBC, the apex body of the Baptist denomination in the state, has urged the members to remain indoors on Sunday and to worship in their respective homes.

Services for the following Sundays will be notified at the earliest, a statement said.

Similarly, the Archbishop of Imphal, Rev Dominic Lumon DD has urged the Catholic faithfuls to dispense from the Church obligation to attend Holy Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of obligations, including way of the Cross, retreats, meetings, seminars and prayer services, till March 31.

Performing of last rites and anointing of the sick will be exempted from the church’s temporary service suspension, the statement said.

In view of a precautionary steps amid scare of the COVID-19, various churches in the hill districts, including Phungyo Baptist Church in Ukhrul district, have announced to close the Sunday services until further notice.

However, the attitude in remote villages of Manipur towards this deadly outbreak ought to be appraised and responsive as locals continue to have a dim knowledge of coronavirus pandemic and its consequences, if it spreads further.

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