COVID-19 outbreak hits QC seminary; 24 positive cases, 1 death

Published September 21, 2021, 11:55 AM

by Allysa Nievera

At least 25 priests and staff of Christ the King Mission Seminary in Quezon City tested positive for COVID-19 with one of them succumbing to the disease.

According to the Quezon City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (QCESU), the seminary has 59 priests and staff.

Nine priests and 16 employees were infected.

As of September 18, 11 of those who tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered, 13 remain active, and one has died.

The fatality was a priest and one of the two index cases that were recorded on September 3.

CESU chief Dr. Rolando Cruz, said that only the seminary’s Villa Cristo Rey and Fininman Building were placed under Special Concern Lockdown (SCL) since September 18.

Meanwhile, other religious facilities under lockdown are Stella Maris Convent (since September 10), Religious of the Virgin Mary (September 14), and Convent of the Holy Spirit (September 15) due to COVID outbreaks.

Food packs and hygiene kits were provided by the city government to the affected religious institutions.