New delhi, April 22 -- Ahead of the holy month of Ramzan, which begins on 24 April, the Union government has urged the Muslim community to maintain social distancing and hold prayers at home.

Last week, the Centre had reached out to Waqf Boards and Muslim religious leaders across states in this respect. State governments have been asked to hold similar meetings with community leaders to ensure that people do not step out of their homes, as the nation goes through a strict clampdown to check the spread of the pandemic.

"Two rounds of meetings have been conducted and we have spoken to several religious leaders and Waqf boards. There has been a unanimous decision by these leaders and organizations that social distancing will be maintained ...