Covid-19 in the Vatican

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Six people in the Vatican have tested positive for coronavirus, but the Pope and his aides are not among them.

Tests were done on 170 people in the Vatican and six showed positive, including one of the several dozen permanent residents of the Santa Marta guesthouse on the Vatican grounds, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said in a statement. The person who tested positive works in the Secretariat of State and is in a Rome hospital.

“I can confirm that neither the Holy Father nor his closest aides are among these,” he said.

Tests showed one other person who had been in contact with the priest also came up positive but that person did not live in the papal residence.

The modern residence, which has 130 rooms and suites and a staff of about 30 people, is home to dozens of priests who work in key Vatican departments. Bruni said the entire residence, which is run like a hotel but has not been accepting temporary guests for the past few weeks, was sanitised.

Pope Francis appears to be in generally good health but part of one of his lungs was removed following an illness when he was a young man.


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The Pope – who has only one lung – is well and not showing any symptoms of Covid-19


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