Four of the persons who have occupied the main building of the Holy Monastery of Esfigmenos on Mount Athos are being treated in a hospital in Thessaloniki with symptoms of Covid-19, ANA-MPA mentions.
The four monks showed symptoms of the disease, were first examined by a doctor at the Karyon Health Center of Mount Athos, and then were referred to the hospital in Thessaloniki where they were found to be infected with the virus.
The Holy Monastery of Esfigmenos has cut off all communication, both with the Holy Community of Mount Athos and with the Patriarchate.
The monks of the Holy Monastery of Esfigmenos refuse to get vaccinated. Some of the monks of Esfigmenos participate in anti-vaccination protests that take place outside Mount Athos.