- David Lah is facing a possibility of 3-year jail after claiming Christians are immune to Covid-19 and later contracting the virus
- The Myanmar-based preacher is being charged under the country's disaster law management for violating a government's ban on gatherings
- About twenty (20) people who were present at Lah's church service in April have been tested positive to novel coronavirus
David Lah, a popular Canadian pastor, who claimed Christian believers are immune to coronavirus, has been dragged to court for violating a ban on religious gatherings after contracting the virus.
Facing a maximum of three-year jail under the disaster law management, Lah and another Myanmar national Wai Tun reportedly held a church service in early April with about twenty people who later turned out positive to Covid-19.
His action was said to be distinctly rebellious against restrictions on gathering imposed by the Myanmar government due to coronavirus epidemic, Reuters reports.
Lah, in a sermon posted online in March 2020, had told his followers not to be afraid of the virus because they are covered by Jesus.
“If you hear the sermon of God, the virus will never come to you. I declare it with the soul of Jesus Christ,” he declared during the service before moving on to contract the virus.
He later tested positive and was quarantined at a hotel before he was charged to court after his violation led to a cluster of 67 cases, which Myanmar’s health ministry confirmed on Wednesday, May 20.
In his judgment, Judge Moe Swe, who handled Lah case said at the hearing at a Yangon court that the preacher would be remanded in Insein prison until June 3 as police continue investigations on his breach of government directive.
According to Worldometre, Myanmar, a Southeast Asian nation with over 53 million, has 193 officially confirmed cases, 104 recoveries and 6 casualties.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that panic has gripped church members after a popular Cameroonian pastor, Frankline Ndifor, who claimed he could cure COVID-19 patients, died of the disease.
Pastor Ndifor was said to have been praying for COVID-19 patients and others with suspected symptoms of the virus at his home and his church in Douala.
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