VATICAN CITY – A man living in the same residence in the Vatican as Pope Francis has tested positive for COVID-19 and gone into isolation, the Vatican said on Saturday.
The man, who was not identified and had no symptoms of the disease, left his Santa Marta residence and went into isolation with others with whom he had had direct contact, a statement said.
Another who lives in the residence – which has about 130 rooms and suites ̵
Pope Francis, who had removed part of a lung during an illness when he was young in his native Argentina, is regularly tested for COVID-19.
He had a normal schedule on Saturday, where he received three people in a separate private audience and approached a large group of Italian police.
The Vatican, a small city-state surrounded by Rome, has only been slightly affected by the coronavirus with a total of about two dozen confirmed cases.
Three Vatican residents who recently tested positive have recovered, Saturday’s statement added.
Four members of the Swiss Guard, the elite and the colorfully dressed corps protecting the pope tested positive for COVID-19 last week.
(Reporting by Philip Pullella; Editing by Helen Popper)
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