Indonesians queue to board a Jakarta-bound train at Bogor station by applying social distancing protocols against Covid-19 on Aug. 3. (Photo: Adek Berry/AFP)
Three priests from Purwokerto Diocese in Indonesia’s Central Java province and two diocesan employees are self-isolating after receiving positive Covid-19 test results, according to a church official.
One of the priests later said he tested negative after a second test but was self-isolating as a precaution, Father Fransiskus Xaverius Bagyo Purwosantosa, the diocese’s secretary-general, told UCA News on Aug. 3.
He said the five tested positive after local authorities in Banyumas district conducted mass polymerase chain reaction tests on July 21.Those tested included priests and employees of the diocese as well as of Christ the King Cathedral Church and St. Joseph Church in the district capital of Purwokerto.“Three priests and two diocesan employees tested positive for Covid-19 and were taken to a local hospital,” Father Purwosantosa said without giving their names.