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Quiapo Church shut until July 4 due to virus

By: - Reporter / @santostinaINQ
/ 04:06 AM July 01, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene or Quiapo Church in Manila, would be closed to the public until July 4 after a visiting priest who stayed there for months tested positive for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

According to Fr. Douglas Badong, parochial vicar of Quiapo Church, they have been denying people entry since June 19 although Masses continue to be streamed live on social media.

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Badong said they were informed that the priest, who left the parish on June 13, was now back in his diocese and already declared free of COVID-19.

“As a precaution, we immediately placed the church under lockdown to protect the people,” he said, adding that all other priests and staff of the parish were also undergoing self-quarantine while the church was being disinfected.

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Quiapo Church rector Msgr. Ding Coronel said that so far, none of them had experienced symptoms of the virus. They also tested negative for COVID-19 in rapid antibody tests.Earlier, the Santisima Trinidad Parish in Malate was also placed on lockdown after Fr. Jojo Buenafe, the parish priest, and and a staffer were found positive for the contagious disease. INQ

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