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Coronavirus Has Hit a Christian Orthodox Monastery in Ukraine

The National Herald Archive

Pechersk Monastery in Kiev. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

KIEV, Ukraine - The mayor of Ukraine’s capital says the coronavirus has hit the Pechersk Monastery, infecting more than half the monks at the renowned religious and tourist site.

Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko says 26 of the 44 monks at the monastery have been diagnosed with infections. No deaths have been reported.

The monastery is known for its extensive system of caves and tunnels, containing centuries-old cells for monks and burial places.