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