Dear brother priests,
I thought it would be good to share the following information with you.
According to the AIIMS, our country is at present at stage 2 of the Coronavirus disease. The disease is spreading from those who have come in contact with persons carrying it from travel abroad in India or from areas affected in India to other towns and cities.
USA is at stage 3, where community based transmissions have begun, while EU, Europe, Italy and UK are at epidemic or stage 4.
Therefore, the Govt. of India and every State are advising minimum movement and practicing social distancing, so as to avoid stage 3 in our country. Our health system cannot deal with 10000 infections in a single day, if it happens in Goa.
Stage 3 is expected to blow off or blow out, by April first week to second week, hence these two weeks are very critical to maintain watch and practice social distancing.
If not, we expect a full lockdown, area wise.
Thus, please advice your parishioners not to congregate, but to practice social distancing, to sanitize/wash hands with soap regularly and to avoid going out of their homes unnecessarily.
As per studies conducted on those affected by Coronavirus worldwide, it has been noted that those aged above 60 years and those with illnesses like hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, lung disease, etc. are most vulnerable, that is, they are affected the most and also have poorer outcomes.
Those who have come from Gulf or UK or EU or US or from other States of India since Feb 15 should be told not to venture out.
Please STRICTLY FOLLOW the directives of the Archbishop and of the Govt. health authorities, for your good n for the common good.
May God bless and protect us all!
Fr. Romeo Monteiro
The Stations of the Cross