5 employees of Cebu’s Sto. Niño basilica Covid-19 positive

5 employees of Cebu’s Sto. Niño basilica Covid-19 positive

Basilica del Santo Niño de Cebu. PHOTO FROM THE BASILICA’S WEBSITE

By CBCP News

June 8, 2020

Manila, Philippines

The Basilica del Santo Niño de Cebu will remain closed to the public after five of its employees tested positive of coronavirus.

In a statement released Monday, the Augustinian Province of Cebu, however, said none of its priests assigned at the basilica contracted the virus.

“Data show that out of 41 swab tests, 5 are positive. Moreover, all the Augustinian priests have negative swab test results,” said Fr. Andres Rivera, Jr., the Order’s provincial superior.

Some priests and church personnel have been isolated inside the convent since May 25 after being exposed with another employee who had Covid-19 symptoms.

“The five persons who are positive remain asymptomatic and are now on their 13th day of the quarantine period,” Fr. Rivera said.

He also informed the public that the basilica will remain off limits to the public even as the city has shifted to general community quarantine.

Fr. Riveras said that no public Masses will be held “to sanitize the whole basilica compound and to strengthen its safety procedures and protocols”.

Cebu basilica priests, staff under quarantine for ‘suspected’ Covid-19 cases

Basilica del Santo Niño de Cebu. MYKIE IBARRA

By CBCP News

May 30, 2020

Cebu City

The priests and personnel of the Basilica del Santo Niño de Cebu are under quarantine after “suspected” cases of coronavirus have been detected inside the convent.

Swab tests have already been conducted by the Cebu City health department to all the friars and staff staying at the convent.

Fr. Andres Rivera Jr., the prior provincial of the Augustinian Province of Cebu, said the suspected Covid-19 cases were detected on May 25.

“While waiting for the test results, all friars and personnel are being quarantined within the basilica convent,” Rivera said in an advisory released Saturday.

The priest informed the public that the basilica will remain closed until further notice but the faithful can take part in the online mass through the basilica’s Facebook page.

“As of this moment, we are in constant coordination with the city health officials as well as with the barangay officials,” Rivera said.

“With their help and guidance, we ensure the public that everything is properly managed and there shall no cause for further alarm and distress,” he also said.