Australian Covid-sceptic church flouts curbs, declares Sydney lockdown ‘over’

Australian police on Monday criticised a Sydney church for flouting the city’s Covid-19 lockdown by holding a service for 60 people in a pandemic hotspot.The church is part of Christ Embassy, an international religious group headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria, which has a record of spreading coronavirus conspiracy theories.After being tipped off by residents on Sunday, police moved in on the Christ Embassy Sydney church, issuing a fine of A$5,000 (US$3,600) to the organisation and A$1,000 (US$715)…