A man who lives in the same building with the pope was tested positive for the coronavirus and was isolated, the Holy See announced today.
The man, who remains anonymous, is asymptomatic. He left the Domus Sanctae Marthae and was isolated along with other people with whom he had come into contact, according to a statement. Another resident of the same building, which has about 130 rooms and suites, was tested positive for the coronavirus when the pandemic firstly struck Italy in March.
Pope Francis, who had part of a lung excised in Argentina as he was suffering from an illness, is regularly tested for the coronavirus.
The Vatican, the smallest independent state in the world, surrounded by Rome, has been little affected by the pandemic and, therefore, has a total of about 24 cases reported. According to today’s announcement, three residents of the Vatican, who were tested positive, have been cured. Four members of the Pontifical Swiss Guard were also tested positive for the coronavirus last week.