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The Greek Church wants a COVID test to enter the temple

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Petar Gramatikov
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Dr. Petar Gramatikov is the Editor in Chief and Director of The European Times. He is a member of the Union of Bulgarian Reporters. Dr. Gramatikov has more than 20 years of Academic experience in different institutions for higher education in Bulgaria. He also examined lectures, related to theoretical problems involved in the application of international law in religious law where a special focus has been given to the legal framework of New Religious Movements, freedom of religion and self-determination, and State-Church relations for plural-ethnic states. In addition to his professional and academic experience, Dr. Gramatikov has more than 10 years Media experience where he hold a positions as Editor of a tourism quarterly periodical “Club Orpheus” magazine – “ORPHEUS CLUB Wellness” PLC, Plovdiv; Consultant and author of religious lectures for the specialized rubric for deaf people at the Bulgarian National Television and has been Accredited as a journalist from “Help the Needy” Public Newspaper at the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church has urged unvaccinated believers to test negative for COVID-19 so they can enter temples as infections begin to rise again.

According to a circular letter Thursday, test results will be sought, although the government has excluded religious sites from the new obligation for unvaccinated people to take a quick test or PCR to be admitted to state and municipal offices, shops, entertainment venues and banks. The decision of the synod leaves only grocery stores and supermarkets outside the restrictions for the unvaccinated, Kathimerini writes.

Priests, offices, and other church officials should be tested twice a week.

On Wednesday, the Holy Synod called on unvaccinated Greeks to be immunized against COVID-19.

The number of registered infections for the past day in Greece reached 6808 – an increase over the reported in the previous day 6700 cases. There are 441 patients in the intensive care units. 42 patients died. Almost 70% of Greeks have been vaccinated, although levels in the northern parts of the country are significantly lower.

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