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The Abbot in Valaam monastery, there were no cases of infection COVID-19

On the island, revealed no cases of coronavirus, said in an interview with RIA Novosti, the Abbot of the Valaam Spaso-Preobrazhensky Stavropegial monastery Bishop Trinity Pankraty.

"During the epidemic on the island had no cases of infection with coronavirus," said the Bishop Pankraty.

According to him, immediately after the beginning of the epidemic – March 17 – on the island, closed the entrance for pilgrims, tourists and employees and also entered quarantine for visitors. "The island is like an ocean liner. If here comes a sick man, we all quickly become infected. Among the monks and many people from "risk groups": elderly, chronic diseases," explained the Abbot.

Now all visitors to the monastery, besides pilgrims and tourists, also should be quarantined, said the Bishop. "The staff, volunteers, employees of the monastery, the brethren of 10-15 days are on isolation, then pass the tests for coronavirus and only then they are allowed to communicate with the living in the monastery," - said the Bishop.

Earlier, the Bishop Pankraty has informed that the pilgrims won't be able to get to worship, confession and communion, and venerate the relics and icons. According to him, pilgrims can visit the monastery one-day tour in organized groups. Thursday at the monastery for pilgrims has opened a Central manor house and main temple of the monastery - Holy Transfiguration Cathedral.

Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy Valaam monastery is located on Valaam, the archipelago of lake Ladoga. According to Church tradition the founders of the monastery – missionary Sergius and Herman of Valaam appeared here at the end of X century. According to another version the monastery was founded in the XIV century. At different times of the Valaam archipelago is located on the territory of Russia, Sweden and Finland.

In 1940, after the Soviet-Finnish war, the archipelago was the territory of the Soviet Union and was abandoned. The revival of the monastery began in 1989, when the island was settled six monks. 1993-present Governor (Abbot) of the monastery is Archimandrite Pankraty (Zherdev), Bishop of the Trinity. Now the convent is home to about 200 inhabitants. The monastery complex consists of the main manor house and 12 hermitages. The stavropegic monastery subordinated directly to the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill. Every year the monastery is visited by over 100 thousand pilgrims and tourists.

The full text of the interview is available on the website ria.ru