Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum attends a celebration
Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum attends a celebration REUTERS/Mike Segar

The Satmar Rebbe has been diagnosed with coronavirus, Kikar Hashabbat reported.

It is believed that he contracted the disease from one of the sextons working with him.

According to Kikar Hashabbat, the hasidic leader received the results of his test just prior to Shabbat (Sabbath), and the community was asked to pray for him.

The Satmar Rebbe, Rabbi Aharon Teitelbaum, lives in Kiryas Joel, where he prayed the Shabbat prayers from his private room.

He called on the women of his community to increase their modesty, and called on his hasidim to increase their study of Torah and set times for Torah study.