David Lah: Preacher claiming Christians are immune to Covid-19 faces jail in Myanmar

David Lah: Preacher claiming Christians are immune to Covid-19 faces jail in Myanmar

- 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

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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.

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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.

David Lah: Preacher claiming Christians immune to Covid-19 appears in Myanmar court

David Lah appears in Myanmar court after claiming Christians are immune to Covid-19 and then contracting it. Credit: Reuters
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“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.

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According to Worldometre, Myanmar, a Southeast Asian nation with over 53 million, has 193 officially confirmed cases, 104 recoveries and 6 casualties.

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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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