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Ugandan authorities have detained a pastor who allegedly denied the presence of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Africa, local media reported on Tuesday.

Prosecutors charged prominent cleric, Augustine Yiga, over telling his Revival Christian Church in a televised comment on Friday that there is “no coronavirus in Uganda and Africa”.

“Pastor Yiga of the Revival Christian Church was charged and remanded to prison for doing acts likely to cause the spread of COVID-19,” South Africa-based The Times news website quoted Uganda police spokesman Patrick Onyango as saying.

“Claiming that Covid-19 doesn’t exist in Africa and Uganda undermines government efforts in fighting

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