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‘I don’t need vaccine, God protects me from Covid’ staggering claim from UK church pastor

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The pastor is based in Acre Lane, Brixton, which has the highest coronavirus rate in the UK. In this area, 32.4 per cent of residents are also unvaccinated. Speaking about his decision, the pastor believes the people deserve to have a choice in whether they get the vaccine or not.

He said: “We don’t tell people what to do – we let them choose.

“But we also pray for people, and we tell them to keep out of sinful ways.

“God tells us in the bible ‘Let them trust me and I will preserve them’.

“We believe God has the power to protect us.

“There’s no need for me to have the vaccine.

“And people are getting the virus after the vaccine – people have died also.

“I live my life by the word of God. So far it’s protected me from the virus.”

But messages against the vaccine can be found all across the area.

A pavement outside a Tesco in the area says: ‘Fake virus! Fake test! Fake cases! Poison jab!

“It is not a vaccine. It is a poison jab!!!’

Acre Lane resident Jane Harrington, 43, an advertising producer, suggests that the high virus rates and low vaccination rates are not unexpected.

Ms Harrington told the Daily Mail: “We’re close to London’s city centre here, people are travelling on public transport, and there are lots of pubs and restaurants, so you’d expect a high virus rate.

“But I’ve seen the vaccine hesitancy – people are genuinely scared.

“I’ve met a lot of Spanish people, quite a big community here, who’ve heard stories from Spain about people dying of the vaccine.

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“While the NHS has done an amazing educational job, it’s not always meeting the right ears.

“Maybe they need to use different languages, and go into different community centres.”

The UK reported the number of positive daily covid tests surpassed 100,000 for the first time since daily testing began.

The number was announced as 106,122 as of 9am on Wednesday.

A further 140 deaths were also announced within 28 days of people testing positive with the virus.

This takes the total number of deaths in the UK to 173,000 deaths, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The levels being reached are record-breaking, with eight of the 10 highest daily totals for reported infections coming since December 15.

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