Hundreds of mourners paid homage on Sunday to the chief of Serbia”s Orthodox Christian Church who died of COVID-19 last week.

Ninety-year-old Patriarch Irinej examined optimistic for the virus quickly after presiding over the funeral of his quantity two, who additionally fell sufferer to coronavirus, at a ceremony through which fundamental security measures had been uncared for.

This time, the church caught to strict sanitary precautions.

Mourners had been allowed contained in the church throughout the liturgy however had been banned from approaching the Patriarch’s coffin. Three days of official mourning had been declared after his loss of life on Friday.

The overwhelming majority of the Balkan nation’s seven million individuals are Orthodox Christians.

Two big screens had been put in outdoors the Church of Saint Sava, the most important Orthodox temple within the Balkans, in order that the trustworthy might observe the ceremony, after which the Patriarch’s physique was as a consequence of laid to relaxation within the crypt.

Serbia is at the moment dealing with the most important well being disaster because the epidemic erupted in March, recording file numbers of infections and deaths on an virtually each day foundation final week.

The nation’s well being service is below extreme strain. For the previous week, there have been no hospital beds within the capital Belgrade, the worst-hit area of Serbia.

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