London church sells fake coronavirus cure for £91
Bishop Climate Wiseman, who leads the Kingdom Church in Camberwell, promises followers they can ward off the virus by “covering yourself with the divine plague protection oil and wearing the scarlet yarn on your body”.
On his website he writes: “Though people are falling ill and dying around you, you can be safe and sound… That is why I want to encourage you… to get your divine plague protection kit today!” The site offers a number of payment methods, including bank transfer.
This goes against advice from medical and scientific experts who have said members of the public should wash their hands regularly and avoid social contact with people outside of their home to slow the spread of the virus.
Labour councillor Tom Flynn said: “I’m appalled by what appears to be a snake oil salesman exploiting the vulnerable.”
There is currently no vaccine or preventative medicines for Covid-19.
The post goes on to allege that the Lord has instructed the self-declared prophet of the ministry, Climate Irungu Wiseman, to make the “special oil.”
As you use this oil, along with a special scarlet yarn, every coronavirus and any other deadly thing will pass over you,” states the post dated March 20.
In bold red capital letters, the post states: “Use the plague protection oil for protection from coronavirus.”
A following post also signed by Mr Wiseman, dated March 25, urges believers to pay up to £900 in “sacrificial seeds” amid the coronavirus outbreak.
It begins: “Is the coronavirus making you afraid? Are you afraid that you or your loved one might get sick?”
It links to a range of payment options, up to a whopping £910 for a “sacrificial seed of divine protection for [the] entire family.”