2020-10-12 10:14:00

Patriarch Kirill tests negative for coronavirus

Moscow, October 12, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, who has been quarantined after having contacts with people infected with coronavirus, has tested negative for the disease, Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations, said on Saturday.

"The patriarch is feeling well, and his tests have been negative," Metropolitan Hilarion said on the Rossiya-24 television channel.

The metropolitan admitted that the epidemic rules apply to everyone, and "if there is the 14-day quarantine rule, it has to be observed by all, from the patriarch to the ordinary acolyte."

"The most important thing for us now is to preserve the people's lives and prevent the spread of coronavirus among the believers," he said.

As was reported earlier, Patriarch Kirill is in quarantine now, which prevented him from attending a traditional event marking the repose of St. Sergius of Radonezh on October 8. Metropolitan Hilarion led the service instead of the patriarch at the St. Sergius Lavra Monastery in Sergiyev Posad outside Moscow.