The Department of Health (DOH) advised devotees who were present during the Feast of the Black Nazarene to isolate and contact their respective local government units (LGUs) once the experience any Covid-19 symptom.

“Paalala lamang po sa mga taong um-attend nitong Feast ng Black Nazarene, maaari lamang pong obserbahan ang ating mga sarili,” said DOH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire during a press forum.

“Kung sakasakali lamang pong nakakaramdam na para pong tinatrangkaso, sinisipon, inuubo, linalagnat, mag-isolate na agad at tumawag sa ating local governments for proper management,” she added.

Vergeire added that devotees should wear face masks for the next five days to prevent further transmission of Covid-19.

The health OIC also assured everyone that the DOH would continue to monitor the Covid-19 case changes, especially after the Nazareno 2023 celebration.

“Ang isang event ‘pag nangyari kailangan maghintay tayo ng two weeks because of the incubation period,” said Vergeire.

“We have had several events like this before, like the main elections, political campaigns, and rallies, but we were able to maintain that number of cases minimum,” she added.

According to the Quiapo Church Operation Center’s latest numbers, a total of 1,268,435 devotees participated in Nazareno 2023. 


Ronald Espartinez