YANGON, Myanmar

Myanmar’s authorities on Tuesday charged four people for organizing public gatherings defying the ban imposed in the wake of coronavirus.

Police opened criminal cases against the accused including a Christian pastor and a preacher, who may face up to six months in jail, according to a statement from Yangon regional government.

The charge came a day after the country’s Health Ministry reported a surge in COVID-19 cases bringing the tally to 62.

A regional lawmaker said most of the new cases are related to the religious ceremonies led by pastor Saw Kwe Wah and preacher Saw David Lah.

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