Caloocan Church Guest Priest Who Died Positive for COVID-19
CALOOCAN CHURCH – The San Roque Cathedral in Caloocan is currently on lockdown after a priest who died tested positive for COVID-19.
Several countries across the globe now remain to be in the fight against COVID-19. One of these nations is the Philippines which already recorded cases of the Delta variant of coronavirus.
The Delta is currently a variant of concern for its higher transmissibility. It caused a spike in the COVID-19 cases in India leading hospitals to reach their full capacities and to run out of resources. Many died of coronavirus in India as its healthcare system collapsed.
Currently, several countries including the Philippines are on a tight guard against the Delta variant. Stricter community quarantine measures are re-imposed in Metro Manila now.
The COVID-19 has infected people from different walks of life. It was the cause of death of some individuals while others were only found to be positive of the virus after they died.
Currently, a Caloocan church, the San Roque Cathedral, is under a “temporary lockdown” after a guest priest who died tested positive for COVID-19. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, Fr. Manuel Jardraque Jr. died of heart attack last Saturday.
Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines President Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed that Fr. Jadraque took a tricycle to the Caloocan church but he was found unconscious inside the motor vehicle. Based on the report, the 58-year-old priest was rushed to Caloocan City Medical Hospital but he was declared dead on arrival.
According to Bishop David, there were previous instances when people died of a heart attack related to COVID-19 so he insisted for the remains of Fr. Jadraque to undergo a post-mortem swab test. The fully-vaccinated priest was found positive for the virus but the variant was yet to be identified.
Currently, the cathedral remains close. The CBCP is asking the LGU of Caloocan to submit the specimen for a genome sequencing to determine the variant that infected him.
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