Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, the press office of the Patriarchate in Istanbul said. The announcement added that Bartholomew has mild symptoms of the disease.
The 81-year-old spiritual leader of the world’s Eastern Orthodox Christians tested positive during regular testing on Friday and immediately went to Istanbul Central Hospital for testing, where his general condition was found to be good.
The press service added that Bartholomew Fully vaccinated against Covid-19. He recently underwent successful heart stent surgery in New York.
“The Ecumenical Patriarch thanks everyone for their interest in their health and calls on everyone, like a father, to follow the recommendations of doctors and scientific experts. He also encourages those who have not yet been vaccinated to go and do it for themselves and society, ”the message says.