Two Catholic priests died of COVID-19 in the Diocese of Kalay in Myanmar this week, reports reaching Radio Veritas Asia said.
The priests were identified as Father Florian Zam Khaw Kam, 48, and Father Timothy Thang Do Cin, 52. They were the first Catholic priests who died of the disease in Myanmar.
Father Florian was parish priest of Suangpi in Tedim Township. He died on June 24 at the Civil Hospital in Tedim Myo. The priest has been suffering from lung problems even before the pandemic.
Father Timothy, meanwhile, was parish priest of Sawbua Yeshan. He died on June 14 at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre in Kalaymyo.
His family said the priest had high blood pressure and was suffering from diabetes.
The two priests were laid to rest in their respective parishes on Friday, June 25.
Myanmar reported 787 new COVID-19 positive cases on Thursday, June 24, bringing the tally to 150,714, said the country’s health officials.
The death toll rose to 3,275 after six new deaths were reported.
A total of 496 patients were discharged from hospitals, bringing the number of recoveries to 134,589 so far.
COVID-19 was first detected in Myanmar on March 23 last year. - Peter KyiMg / RVA News
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