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Head of Serbian Orthodox Church dies after contracting coronavirus

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The head of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) died on Friday, two weeks after he was hospitalised with coronavirus, the SPC said in a statement.

The 90-year-old Patriarch Irinej tested positive on Nov. 5, days after attending the funeral of another SPC cleric, Metropolite Amfilohije, in Montenegro.

Health protocols were largely ignored during the massive two-day ceremony for Amfilohije, who also died after contracting coronavirus.

Thousands were crowded together, many without masks as they walked by the open casket, with some even kissing the corpse.

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