A third Coptic priest infected with coronavirus in Egypt

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Tue, 28 Apr 2020 - 12:43 GMT

FILE - An Egyptian Catholic woman lights candle during a mass on Christmas eve at Saint Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in the capital of Cairo, Egypt December 24

FILE - An Egyptian Catholic woman lights candle during a mass on Christmas eve at Saint Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in the capital of Cairo, Egypt December 24

CAIRO - 28 April 2020: Sources at the Egyptian Coptic Church revealed on Tuesday that the priest of the Marmina Church in Fayoum,TaklaShafiq, was infected with the COVID-19 after he came incontactwith an infected case.

The priest decided to isolate himself, although he hadn't experienced any symptoms; he tested positive on April 28.

This comes after the infection of Father Bishoy Narrows in Qena, and Father SarabamonMitry, the representative of the Archdiocese of Damietta, as well as his wife, and two sons, who were infected with the virus before Easter.

Sources revealed that Father Sarabamon Mitry had contracted the virus when he was providing the poor with their needs before Easter in the church.

The Coptic Church had decided to continue to suspend all prayers in the churches, including the prayers of the Holy Week.

The church also decided to stop the prayers of the wreaths until the conditions in the country stabilize. The church appealed to all Egyptians to follow the instructions of prevention and safety while committing to staying at home to prevent the spread of the epidemic.

It should be noted that Egypt recorded on 27 April,new 248 cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the last 24 hours, scaling up the total number of the infected cases to 4,782, according to the Health Ministry daily briefing on the pandemic.

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