Public masses are temporarily suspended in Miag-ao Church


The renowned Santo Tomas de Villanueva Parish Church in Miag-ao town is currently on lockdown, an advisory from the Archdiocese of Jaro read.

This, after the unnamed priest initially tested positive for the virus via BioFire testing.

BioFire test detects the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 in approximately 45 minutes from a nasopharyngeal swab. (

The parish’s priest, now admitted at a hospital in Iloilo City, underwent RT-PCR test after exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19, the Archdiocese said.

A total of 15 close contacts – mostly church staff – were quarantined at the church convent pending the priest’s swab test results.