Mount Athos: Three Monks of the Esphigmen Monastery are Treated for Covid-19

Cases of the coronavirus have been found in the sacred monastery of Esphigmenos on Mount Athos. As it became known, three monks infected with Covid-19 were considered necessary to be sent to the hospital.

According to, four monks have been diagnosed with the virus, and three of them are currently undergoing treatment at the Ippokratio clinic in Thessaloniki. It is worth noting that out of 110 people living in the monastery, none have been vaccinated. According to the same data, other monks also began to show symptoms of coronavirus. The process of tracing the contacts of the infected is underway.

Sources from Mount Athos tell that the spread of covid began with the fact that one of the monks went outside the “Athos state” for shopping. Some time after that, he showed symptoms of coronavirus, and the infected had to be isolated.

According to, citing sources from the General Secretariat of Civil Protection, isolation is recommended to the community of clergy.

Separately, it is noted that “the Civil Protection Service operates with full respect for self-government on Mount Athos and the ‘sensitivity’ of monks to any outside interference. However, as is done in similar cases, the authorities recommend that measures be taken to restrict public access to monasteries.

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