LAST UPDATE SATURDAY MAY 29, 19:10
The abbot of the Vatopedi Monastery on Mount Athos, Ephraim, transferred to Athens to be treated at the Covid clinic of Evangelismos.
Abbot Ephraim was found a few days ago, positive for the coronavirus.
According to the information of orthodoxtimes.com, the health condition of the abbot has deteriorated in the last few hours, and for this reason, the people in the administration of Mount Athos considered it necessary to transfer him to Athens, specifically to the “Evangelismos” hospital.
Most likely, Abbot Ephraim will be hospitalized in the high dependency unit to receive the necessary treatment and care, but doctors waited for him to arrive at the hospital to assess his state of health.
It is worth noting that Abbot Ephraim had not been vaccinated against Covid while suffering from underlying diseases (diabetes) and had previously had heart problems.
Read the announcement issued by Vatopedi Monastery
Last Friday, May 21, Elder Ephraim tested positive for COVID-19. Thereupon, all the brothers of the Monastery underwent repeated tests.
The Elder remained immediately in self-quarantine with constant medical surveillance and mild symptoms.
His health condition is stable, but for precautionary reasons, the physicians in charge recommended his transporting to a hospital for follow-up.
Since the beginning of May, the Vatopedi Monastery has applied to the competent bodies for the vaccination of the brotherhood.