Bishop Alminaza contracts Covid-19 anew
Bishop Gerardo Alminaza of San Carlos. PHOTO FROM THE DIOCESE OF SAN CARLOS
By CBCP News
September 19, 2021
Bishop Gerardo Alminaza of San Carlos has tested positive again for Covid-19, the diocese’s chancellor said Sunday.
The 62-year old bishop is asymptomatic and under quarantine, according to Fr. Marjun Almario in a statement.
“We encourage those persons that he may have interacted with these past few days to observe home quarantine and cooperate with the authorities for proper health protocols,” Almario said.
He also asked the faithful to pray for Alminaza’s fast healing as well as for other Covid-19 patients.
“Let us continue as well to pray for those in the frontlines who are constantly taking risks to care for us,” the priest said.
This is the second time that the prelate contracted coronavirus.
The first was in June where he was hospitalized for six days and underwent a 14-day quarantine.
Meanwhile, the Diocese of Bangued announced on Sept. 16 that Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian has fully recovered from Covid-19 after around two weeks in quarantine.
“Thanks for your prayers,” Jaucian said.
In Manila, prayers poured in for Cardinal Jose Advincula’s immediate recovery after he tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday.
In a statement on Sept. 17, Fr. Reginald Malicdem, the archdiocese’s chancellor, said that aside from a “slight fever,” the cardinal is not experiencing any other symptoms.
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