Another Filipino bishop tests positive for coronavirus

Another Filipino bishop tests positive for coronavirus

Bishop Emeritus Deogracias Iñiguez of Kalookan.

By CBCP News

August 2, 2020

Manila, Philippines

Now there are two.

Another Filipino Catholic bishop has tested positive for coronavirus disease, the Diocese of Kalookan announced Sunday.

Retired Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez of Kalookan has tested positive of Covid-19 and is receiving treatment at a hospital.

His successor, Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, made the announcement during his Mass at the San Roque Cathedral today.

“May the Lord grant his healing grace to our beloved bishop and all the people affected by the disease,” Bishop David said.

The bishop emeritus, he added, is “in the hospital under isolation”. No other details were provided.

Bishop Iñiguez, 79, is the second prelate to test positive after Bishop Broderick Pabillo, the administrator of the Manila archdiocese.

Bishop Pabillo on July 23 announced that he will go under under quarantine until he recovered from the virus infection. At this time, he remains asymptomatic.