Coronavirus: Burundi Churches Packed with Easter Sunday Crowds
Some churches in Burundi are packed with people celebrating Easter Sunday in stark contrast to nearly every country in the world where churches have been closed and services either cancelled or live streamed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Sunday, April 12. The majority of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics are celebrating Easter at home, adhering to the World Health Organization’s recommendation to limit social gatherings. Some defiant U.S. ministers also have said they are inviting worshippers to come to their churches, even though their cities have a shelter in place order and have banned large gatherings. The U.S. is leading the world in cases and deaths due to the virus. The Johns Hopkins Resource Center reports the U.S. has more than half a million cases and more than 20,000 deaths.