Church services evacuated, pastors arrested in several countries over gathering bans

Authorities in countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda and Greece have evacuated church services and arrested pastors in recent days as governments have prohibited large gatherings in an attempt to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

As governments across the globe have taken measures to ensure that citizens engage in social distancing so that they don’t spread a virus that has already killed at least 21,000 people worldwide as of Thursday, some religious leaders have continued to hold worship services anyway.

In Nigeria, authorities in the states of Lagos and Ogun shut down several church services in the past week.

“We had to shut down a few services today as some pastors have not complied with the order,” Bala Elkana, spokesperson for the Lagos Police Command, told Bloomberg.


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