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Myanmar COVID-19 Cases Reach 111, Most Traced to Pastor-led Gatherings

Apr 22, 2020

By Nan Lwin

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Myanmar surged to 111 late Sunday, with more than half of the cases traced to religious gatherings hosted by two Christian pastors in Yangon.

The Ministry of Health and Sports (MOHS) confirmed 17 new cases in the past 24 hours, among them are nine people linked to the religious gatherings in Yangon.

Of the 111 total cases, 54 cases are related to religious gatherings, according to the latest MOHS situation report and Yangon regional lawmakers.

Last week, Myanmar police filed cases against two Christian pastors and two of their followers for breaching the government’s COVID-19 control directives after they held religious gatherings and some of their followers, including one of the country’s most famous rock stars, tested positive for the disease.

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