Serbian Orthodox Church Bishop Atanasije Jevtic, known for his opposition to the authorities, died of coronavirus-related ailments in hospital in Trebinje, the Zahum-Herzegovina Bishopric said.
The bishop was known for his opposition to the Milosevic regime in the 1990s and later, after his retirement, for his criticism of the Serbian authorities headed by President Aleksandar Vucic. The Alliance of Herzegovina Municipalities and Cities said on Friday that two days of mourning had been declared on March 5-6. The bishop died of COVID-19 in hospital in Trebinje. He retired as Zahum-Herzegovina Bishop in 1999 after suffering vertebrae injuries but continued his work after moving to Kosovo.
Bishop Atanasije was present at the enthronement of the new Serbian Orthodox Church Patriarch Porfirije in Belgrade on February 19. There have been reports of others present at the service testing positive for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Patriarch Porfirije said that he is self-isolating after having been in contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus but did not specify when or who the contact was.