The number of total recorded cases of Corona virus in the USA reached 75 thousand, which has become more than what was recorded in Italy. US President Donald Trump announced emergency case in New York, Texas and Florida due to the Coronavirus, where more than one 1000 people died due to the virus.
Under the spread of Coronavirus in England, a British couple celebrated their wedding on Face book. The ceremony was held at the Church of St. Matthew in central England and was attended by more than 300 electronic guests.
His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch St. Mark See, said that the decision to close the churches was difficult, yet necessary to save lives of the Coptic people. Pope said that people should benefit from the current time of the curfew to repent, pray, and think about their spiritual lives.
The Egyptian government headed by the Prime Minister Dr. Mustafa Madbouly held its first video conference meeting in order to implement decisions to reduce gatherings and social distancing using the infrastructure for digital transformation. He stressed that the government is keen to follow up the implementation of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s decisions regarding confronting the new Corona virus. It is worth mentioning that a paid leave was given to employees and workers who move from one governorate to another. The Prime Minister instructed the Minister of Transport to organize the transportation movement, whether trains or the subway, so that the severe crowding witnessed in the first day of the implementation of the curfew will not be repeated.
Coptic congregation Council issued a statement in which it praised Pope’s decision to close churches due to Coronavirus assuring it comes to protect the people. Statement also praised decisions and procedures taken by the Egyptian government to prevent the spread of the virus.
The Coptic Orthodox Church announced that Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark See, will lead a joint prayers from home of the Christian people asking for God’s mercy. Pope has invited all Christians to pray for God in order to save humanity from the new Coronavirus known as Kovid 19. The prayers started at midday with (our father who art in heaven) and the Coptic preyer ‘Lord have mercy’.
After all churches in America were shut down due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, Father Felopater Aziz, priest of the Coptic diocese in New York, moved the altar of the church to his home, where he celebrates daily masses. The priest broadcasts the daily masses on social media to get in touch with the congregation praying for God to save the world from the epidemic.
Father Paulous Halim, spokesperson for the Coptic Orthodox Church, denounced myth of healing Coronavirus by searching for a hair in the bible. People claimed that whoever finds the hair should puts it in the water and then drinks it to be saved from the virus. He added that such lies and myths insult our faith and even insults God’s gift, which is mind.
Father Tadros Yaqoub Malty, priest of St. George Church in Alexandria, said that we believe that all things work for our good and we can find good in all events and even disasters. He added that all people feel now they belong to one family of humanity and this develops a sense of unity.
I know that the horror of Corona virus will end soon, and I shall tell you why. God from time to time would like to request and save what has perished just as he did at the cross with crucifixion and redemption. He only reminds us of his presence and love, especially for those who are lost and far from his bosom. God who transferred the mountain of Muqattam after the prayers of his people of Egypt will surely listen