This note sets out key considerations in relation to COVID-19 during the holy month of Ramadan on the continent of Africa. It provides evidence to support design of protective public health policies, alternative practices and reduction of risk.

As millions of Muslims across Africa prepare for a month of fasting, introspection and prayer, public health planners can anticipate elevated risk of COVID-19 spread during mass gatherings events, such as prayers, pilgrimages, communal meals, feasts and celebrations. Governments across Africa will need to communicate sensitively about infection control measures to prevent this.

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