The priests and personnel of the Basilica del Santo Niño de Cebu have been placed under quarantine after “suspected” cases of the new coronavirus were detected inside the convent.
The priests and staff of the basilica who are staying in the convent have already undergone swab tests under the supervision of the Cebu City health department.
Father Andres Rivera Jr., prior provincial of the Augustinian Province of Cebu, said the suspected Covid-19 cases were detected on May 25.
“While waiting for the test results, all friars and personnel are being quarantined within the basilica convent,” said Father Rivera in an advisory released on Saturday, May 30.
The priest informed the public that the basilica will remain closed “until further notice” but the faithful can take part in online Masss through the basilica’s Facebook page.
“As of this moment, we are in constant coordination with the city health officials,” said the priest.
“With their help and guidance, we ensure the public that everything is properly managed and there shall be no cause for further alarm and distress,” he added.