Slovak Orthodox Church suspends services due to coronavirus

The Slovak Orthodox Church suspended services until March 23 because of a coronavirus, RIA Novosti reports with reference to the press service of the Orthodox Diocese in the city of Presov in the east of the country.

It is specified that the temporary ban does not apply to “inevitable rites”.

Earlier, Prime Minister of Slovakia Peter Pellegrini recalled that the Orthodox Church violates the ban on holding mass events. The prime minister emphasized that if the church does not follow orders, sanctions may be imposed against it.

In Slovakia, ten people became infected with the coronavirus.

On December 31, 2019, Chinese authorities announced an outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan. The causative agent of the disease is a new type of coronavirus, which is given the official name Covid-2019. According to the latest data, more than 120 thousand were infected, while almost 67 thousand were recovered, and 4,375 people died.