STRICT HEALTH PROTOCOL NEEDED VS. COVID-19

Strict health protocols such as the use of face masks and social distancing are needed as a response vs. COVID-19 as the country’s virus transmissions hit a high of 2,434 yesterday.


This loomed large in the horizon following the upsurge in COVID-19 patients with health groups citing the reports on the transmission of the virus in two reported incidents that hit a diocese in California and that of No. 1  tennis star Novan Djokovik  last month.

In a report by KCRA News last month the Diocese of Sacramento had to notify parishioners and health officials after a priest tested positive for COVID-19.The priest preached at St. Peter's in Dixon and held a mass but sans the required health protocols.

The report said the  church wasn't following safety directions and the priest and deacons did not wear a mask during communion, officials said.

“We are deeply concerned by this news and extremely disappointed that some of the required precautions appear not to have been followed,” the diocese said in a statement. “Our focus at this time is on notifying parishioners and the community, but we will continue to investigate this matter and take any remedial actions required.”

In the case of Djokovic,  the Serbian tennis star released a statement on his diagnosis, saying that he and his wife have both contracted the virus after he organized a series of exhibition matches in southeastern Europe, according to a snippet from NPR.

Dubbed the Adria Tour, the event has been widely criticized for not maintaining significant social distancing protocols.

The stands were packed with fans, as The Associated Press noted. Tennis.com reported that players were seen mingling without proper social distancing, playing in basketball and soccer games, and visiting a nightclub.

Djokovic was photographed in close contact with tennis player Grigor Dimitrov, who has also tested positive for the virus.        

"We organized the tournament at the moment when the virus has weakened, believing that the conditions for hosting the Tour had been met," Djokovic said in his statement. "Unfortunately, the virus is still present, and it is a new reality that we are still learning to cope and live with."

Djokovic, 33, who has won the third-most Grand Slam titles of any male tennis player, has previously voiced concerns about the possibility of restrictions at future tennis events due to the coronavirus.

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