06/18/2020, 17.09
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Hospitalised with COVID-19, Chittagong archbishop improving

by Sumon Corraya

Bishop Gervas Rozario, vice president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Bangladesh, reports the improvement. Card Bo sends a message to the faithful of Bangladesh. Coronavirus has killed 1,305 people in the country so far, with more than 100,000 cases.

Dhaka (AsiaNews) – The health of Archbishop Moses Costa of Chittagong is improving. The prelate, who is Secretary General of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Bangladesh (CBCB), was rushed to hospital after coming down with COVID-19. He was taken from Chittagong to Dhaka and placed in intensive care.

“The health of Archbishop Moses Costa is improving, but very slowly,” said CBCB Vice President Bishop Gervas Rozario of Rajshahi, speaking today to AsiaNews. “We are hopeful now. Thank God. I heard that he doesn’t want eat. I said to keep soup in a flask and give this to him instead of water so that he gets strength.”

Bishop Rozario also reported on the health of Card Patrick D'Rozario, Archbishop of Dhaka, who is in the same hospital as Archbishop Costa. The cardinal is suffering from dengue fever. The Bishop of Rajshahi said that the cardinal should be able to go hope by the week-end.

The CBCB vice president, who also chairs Caritas Bangladesh, urged the faithful to pray for the two sick bishops.

A few days ago, Card Charles Bo, president of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences FABC), sent a message to the faithful of Bangladesh urging them to pray for Archbishop Costa, who has worked “tirelessly for the welfare of his sheep during the lockdown.”

So far, Bangladesh has reported more than 100,000 cases with 1,305 people deaths as of yesterday.

Two days ago, AsiaNews reported that Archbishop Costa’s conditions had worsened so much that he had to be taken urgently to Dhaka. However, contrary to what was reported, he was not taken by helicopter, as planned, but was driven in an intensive care ambulance.

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