A Myanmar pastor who posted a sermon online saying Christians were immune to the Coronavirus will face charges along with three other people for organising services in defiance of a ban on mass gatherings, Reuters reported.
Pastor David Lah talks in a YouTube video as he prays during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Yangon, Myanmar April 1, 2020 in this screen grab taken from a video. Child of God Youtube channel via REUTERS
According to media reports, Yangon Region COVID-19 Control and Emergency Response Committee said in a statement that Pastor David Lah and two other pastors had held services after that in Yangon and would be charged alongside one member of the congregation.
Ye Win Aung, the local government administrator for Yangon's Mayangone Township, said that about 20 people including Pastor David Lah, connected to gatherings in early April later tested positive for the Coronavirus.
According to the Reuters report, Christian and Muslim religious events elsewhere in the world have been triggers for the spread of the Coronavirus that has infected nearly 2 million people and killed nearly 130,000 worldwide.
Myanmar is a Buddhist-majority nation, but Christians comprise about 6% of the population.
In a sermon posted online in late March, Pastor David Lah had told Christians: "If you hear the sermon of God, the virus will never come to you, I declare it with the soul of Jesus Christ."