UOC hierarch refutes a fake that all the monks of Kyiv Lavra fell ill

Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra. Photo: zik.ua

Metropolitan Clement’s words about the situation with the sick brethren of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra in some media were not conveyed correctly.

The head of the UOC Information and Education Department, Metropolitan Clement (Vecheria) of Nizhyn and Pryluky refuted the fake disseminated by the Russian media outlet “RBC” that all priests had become infected with the coronavirus in the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, reports “Strana.UA”.

Vladyka emphasized that he did not say that all the priests had fallen ill: “Most of the sick are recovering. In total, there are more than a hundred clergymen in the Lavra. Approximately 15-20 people had an acute form of the disease. The rest did not have significant complications and they did not need additional medical care.”

In turn, the “Пастырь&Паства” (“Shepherd & Flock”) Telegram channel, citing “hromadske”, said that according to the bishop, "almost all who got infected in the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra has almost recovered".

He noted that “he cannot give the exact number of infected priests in the Lavra, because state-owned clinics do the analysis”.

“I know that approximately 15-20 people were in hospital with different forms of pneumonia, but the vast majority was checked out, there are still a few people left,” said Metropolitan Clement.

Metropolitan Clement said the data on the number of cases “can be voiced by the medical staff who do these tests. Doctors tested everyone in the Lavra, of course, but not everyone was tested positive. All monks had a medical check-up, but not all were ill.”

As reported earlier, the abbot of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, Metropolitan Pavel, thanked the doctors for helping the brethren.


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