N THE PAST DAY OR TWO A NORTHERN IRELAND PRIEST WAS SENT BY HIS GP TO BE TESTED FOR THE CORONAVIRUS.
He was advised by those who tested him to go home and self isolate for 14 days and while he waited on the results.
The next day the testers contacted him again and told him the first test was inconclusive and asked him to get in his car immediately and return for another test.
After that test he was advised again to self isolate for 14 days.
When the results of the second test proved negative he was still advised to self isolate for 14 days.
Then out of the blue, he got a call from the Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride who told him that as his test was negative he did not have to self isolate at all!
Today the priest is very stressed and exhausted. It’s hardly surprising. He had had a few days of being very scared.
I asked him if he had contacted his bishop or diocese. His answer: “My bishop and diocese has not given me much care and support up until now. So I see no point in contacting them”.
Now, that’s sad!
But thankfully the priest is ok. He is the first person I’ve been in contact with me the virus. When it happens to someone you know it brings it home to you.
DEATH OF ARCHBISHOP PETER SMITH
I heard only yesterday that Peter Smith the retired archbishop of Southwark was dying in hospital.
I met him when he was the bishop of East Anglia. He and I appeared together on shows presented by Dame Joan Bakewell.
****** Peter Smith died during the night. RIP.
I must say Peter was very friendly. I did notice he was a chain smoker.