VATICAN CITY – A man living in the same Vatican residence as Pope Francis tested positive for COVID-19 and alone, the Vatican said on Saturday.
The man, who was unidentified and had no symptoms of the disease, left the Santa Marta residence and was separated from the others with his direct contact, a statement said.
Other people living in the house – with nearly 130 rooms and suites – were positive for the coronavirus when the pandemic hit Italy in March.
Pope Francis, with part of a lung removed while ill when he was a young man in his native Argentina, is regularly being tested for COVID-19.
He has a normal schedule on Saturday, receiving three people in separate private audiences and responding to a large Italian police team.
The Vatican, a small city-state surrounded by Rome, has been severely affected by the coronavirus, with nearly a dozen confirmed cases in total.
Three Vatican residents who tested positive recently recovered, Saturday’s statement added.
Four members of the Swiss Guard, the elite and colored corps protecting the pope, tested positive for COVID-19 last week.
(Reporting by Philip Pullella; Editing by Helen Popper)
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