Cebu Archbishop Jose S. Palma tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday, February 18, 2021. The announcement was made by the Archdiocese of Cebu through its official Facebook page
Msgr. Joseph Tan, spokesperson of the archdiocese, told CBCP news that Archbishop Palma is now under the medical care of the Perpetual Succour Hospital.
“The Archbishop remains in a stable condition. Let us all pray for his steady and speedy recovery,” said Msgr. Tan.
CBCP News added that the prelate was last publicly seen during a private Ash Wednesday service, which was live-streamed from his residence’s chapel.
“The people who have been in close contact with the Archbishop have also been informed about the matter,” Tan added.
Archbishop Palma contracted the virus as he was busy preparing the archdiocese for the commemoration of the first baptism in the Philippines on April 14, 1521.
He is the seventh Filipino prelate to contract the disease including Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Bishop David William Antonio, Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez while Archbishop Oscar Cruz and Bishop Manuel Sobreviñas died.
According to the Department of Health (DOH) website, as of February 19, 2021, there are 555 thousand cases of coronavirus in the country. There are 512 thousand Filipinos who recovered while 11,673 died from the virus. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)