Case of Covid-19 reported in Pope's Vatican residence

Elias Hubbard
October 17, 2020

These were the details of the news Vatican confirms Covid case at Santa Marta residence, where Pope Francis. for this day. Anyone who came into direct contact with the person is also observing a period of isolation.

The patient is so-far asymptomatic, the Vatican said.

Three other Vatican residents, who have recently been diagnosed with the coronavirus, have recovered, according to a statement published on Saturday.

"In the meantime, as per the provisions issued last week by the governing office of Vatican City State, all the guards, those on duty and not, are wearing masks, outside and inside, and are following the required health measures", he said.

Despite the positive coronavirus case, the Pope is continuing with his schedule as normal.

Four members of the Swiss Guard, the elite and colourfully dressed corps that protects the pope, tested positive for COVID-19 last week.

Matteo Bruni, director of the Vatican press office, said in a note October 12 that "over the course of the weekend, some COVID-19 positive cases have been identified among the Swiss Guard".

It also emphasized that the guard is following strict new Vatican measures to contain the virus and would offer an update on the situation "in the next few days". A man earlier, in March, had tested positive when Italy had seen a surge in the coronavirus cases.

At 83 and with part of a lung removed when he was in his 20s due to illness, the pope would be at high-risk for COVID-19 complications. Cases are once again rising with more than 12,300 active cases recorded in Rome's region of Lazio.

Pope Francis met October 17 with members of the Carabinieri, Italy's national gendarmerie, who serve in a company responsible for an area near the Vatican.

The hotel serves as a residence for Vatican-based priests as well as visiting clerics and lay people. "Every morning I greet you with my heart and thank you", he said.

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