Margaret Court's Church Says 'The Blood Of Jesus Will Protect Patrons From COVID-19'
A Perth church has said it will continue services as usual, because it is protected from the COVID-19 virus by 'the blood of Jesus.'
Victory Life Church, founded by tennis champion Margaret Court, made the announcement on Tuesday.
"Your health and safety is a top priority for us and we have taken a proactive approach to keep our church family healthy and safe," the church said in a statement.
"We are in agreement that this Convid-19 (sic) will not come near our dwelling or our church family. We are praying daily for you, knowing that we are all protected by the Blood of Jesus."
It comes as the government announced on Friday. all non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people should not go ahead from Monday to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said health officers advised leaders that "non-essential, organised gatherings" should not go ahead.
"That, of course, doesn't include schools. It doesn't include university lectures. It doesn't mean people getting on public transport or going to airports or things of that nature," Morrison told reporters.
A new national cabinet made up of the prime minister, premiers and chief ministers will meet on Sunday to decide how to put in place arrangements to cope with this.
Morrison said the advice from Monday was part of a stepped response.
"We are not of great concern right now in terms of where those gatherings might be today, but in the weeks ahead, this will change," he said.
Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy said his advice was very much only around non-essential events.
He said the current evidence was that community transmission of the coronavirus was not widespread in Australia.
"But all international evidence suggests that if you have some community transmission, the way in which it can be spread more rapidly is in very large events," he said.
"You might only have one or two people at a very large event who might be carrying the virus, and the chance of it being spread at those large events accelerates the rate of progression of this virus."
It comes as Home Affairs Minister confirmed he had tested positive for coronavirus on Friday, raising concern about his attendance at multiple public events in recent days and a full cabinet meeting on Thursday.
10 daily has contacted Victory Life for comment.