Head of Church of Greece tests positive for Covid-19

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The head of the Church of Greece, Archbishop Ieronymos, 82, tested positive for COVID-19 and is being treated with what so far have been identified as mild symptoms in a hospital in central Athens, according to Greek media.

Archbishop Ieronymos, is the spiritual head of the Church in what is a deeply devout nation of more than 11 million which overwhelmingly identify themselves as Greek Orthodox Christians.

An official statement said that the country’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who met the prelate on Nov. 14, has twice in the past seven days tested negative for the novel coronavirus; once before his meeting with the cleric, and a second time before travelling to the United Arab Emirates.

“Taking that into account, experts recommend there is no reason for precautionary quarantine,” government spokesman Stelios Petsas said, adding the government wished Ieronymos a speedy recovery.