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8 nuns die; 4 convents in lockdown

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Covid19 outbreaks have permeated religious compounds, even taking the lives of eight nuns and one priest.

Eight nuns from the Congregation of the Religious of the Virgin Mary (RVM Sisters) passed away after getting infected with Covid19. According to the congregation, they were unvaccinated and already had existing illnesses.


The victims, who were aged anywhere from 80 to 90, belong to a group of 62 nuns residing at St. Joseph Home and Convent in Quezon City who tested positive.


Quezon City imposed a special concern lockdown on Christ the King Mission Seminary, the Convent of the Holy Spirit, the Religious of the Virgin Mary Convent and Stella Maris Convent.


In CTK, 25 of 59 residents tested positive, among them nine priests and 16 personnel. As of Sept. 18, 11 have recovered. Two buildings in the seminary were closed: Villa Cristo Rey and Fininman.


In RVMC, 50 staff members and 64 sisters turned out positive; the compound was locked down on Sept. 14. The Convent of the Holy Spirit was locked down the following day.


City mayor Joy Belmonte said that they were now forming guidelines on ventilation in buildings and workplaces as well as in long-term care facilities to lessen the risk of outbreaks.


“We will send these guidelines to building administrators in the city so they will learn how to better retrofit their facilities and make these more resistant to virus transmission,” she said.


Following the recent outbreak at an orphanage in the city, Belmonte had ordered the Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit to make an inventory of close-setting centers, including convents, nursing homes, homes for the aged, and rehabilitation centers.

Photo: Manila Bulletin


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