Cardinal Jose Advincula, archbishop of Manila, said he is “on the road to recovery” after getting infected with the coronavirus disease last week.
“I am on the road to recovery already, no fever for the last three days, oxygen level remains high at 98,” said the prelate over Church-run Radio Veritas 846.
The cardinal expressed his gratitude to all those who prayed for his health. “Keep me in your prayers as I keep you in mine,” he said.
Meanwhile, eight sisters of the Congregation of the Religious of the Virgin Mary in Manila died due to the disease.
The nuns were between 80 and 90 years old and were among the 62 sisters who were earlier reported to have been infected with COVID-19 in a convent in Quezon City.
A COVID-19 outbreak also hit a seminary in Quezon City this week, local officials said.
At least 25 of the 59 individuals in the Christ the King Mission Seminary contracted the disease. The positive cases included nine priests and 16 employees.
Authorities reported that one of the priests, one of the first two recorded infections in the seminary and was confirmed positive on September 3, died.
Father Pablito Tagura, rector of the seminary, clarified that the cases were only recorded among some retired priests and their caregivers in one of the four facilities in the compound.
“All of them do not need hospital care and most of them are asymptomatic,” he told the local affiliate of CNN. He said all those reported infected are all under quarantine.
Earlier, local authorities placed three religious facilities under lockdown — the Stella Maris Convent, since September 10; the Religious of the Virgin Mary, since September 14; and the Convent of the Holy Spirit, since September 15.