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Myanmar jails pastor for defying coronavirus ban

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A POLICE vehicle carrying Canadian pastor David Lah arrives at a township court for a hearing in Yangon on August 6, 2020, accused of holding a church service amid restrictions in place to halt the spread of novel coronavirus

  A Canadian preacher who claimed Christians were safe from coronavirus was today jailed for three months in Myanmar after he and dozens of his followers became infected when he held a banned service.

  Toronto-based David Lah, 43, was born in Myanmar and often returns to his motherland to preach.

  The country imposed a ban on gatherings in mid-March, but footage emerged in early April of Lah holding a service in Yangon.

  According to him, “if people hold the Bible and Jesus in their hearts, the disease will not come in. The only person who can cure and give peace in this pandemic is Jesus.”

  But Lah tested positive for coronavirus shortly afterwards, and dozens of confirmed cases were traced back to his followers.

  The preacher was arrested after recovering from the illness for violating the Natural Disaster and Management Law.

It will be recalled that the Southeast Asian nation has so far weathered the pandemic well with just 357 confirmed cases and six deaths, although the low numbers tested make many fear the true figures are far higher.

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