Greece's Archbishop Ieronymos was admitted to the augmented care unit of the Athens’ Evangelismos Hospital on Thursday morning after testing positive for the coronavirus, according to information.
The 82-year-old Ieronymos is showing mild symptoms and the admission to the augmented care unit was done for precautionary reasons, broadcaster Skai reported.
His spokesperson, Haris Konidaris, said the Archbishop does not have any particular health issues and that on Wednesday he developed a fever of 37.7.
“I participate personally as a shepherd in the ordeal that concerns thousands of our brothers in our country and millions throughout the world,” the Archbishop told his close associates shortly before his admission to hospital.
The Archbishop of Albania, Anastasios, is lso being treated for Covid-19 in the same hospital, after being airlifted to Greece last week.
Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias expressed his "warm wishes for a speedy recovery" in a tweet on Thursday.
The Archbishop had initially tested negative in both rapid antigen and molecular tests (PCR) conducted after a meeting of the Holy Synod on November 6.
On November 11 it was announced that Ieronymos and the members of the Holy Synod were instructed to self-isolate after a senior cleric from the Holy Synod tested positive for the virus.
He was diagnosed as positive on Monday (Nov. 16).
Ieronymos met with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at the former’s office on November 14.