Covid-19, two new cases at the Vatican: over 170 tests

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The results have confirmed the absence of other positive cases among the residents of the Casa Santa Marta. They took all the necessary measures. The Pope and his closest collaborators are not involved.

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Two new positive cases of Covid-19 at the Vatican. This is confirmed by the Director of the Press Office of the Holy see, Matteo Bruni, to report the results of the tests carried out by the health authorities.

“In the last few days – has stated – in the context of the controls carried out by the Directorate of Health and Hygiene of the State of the Vatican City in compliance of the directives on the emergence of the coronavirus, detected another case positive Covid-19 positive: it is an official of the Secretariat of State resident in Santa Marta, introducing some of the symptoms, was subsequently put in solitary confinement. By the time your state of health is not particularly critical, but as a precaution, the person has been interned in a roman hospital under observation, in close contact with the authorities of the Directorate of Health and Hygiene”.

“After the positive results – continue Bruni – measures have been taken in accordance with the health protocols prescribed, both in regard to the sanitation of the environment, to the place of work and residence of the person concerned, as in regard to the reconstruction of the contacts made in the previous days to the result. The health authorities have carried out trials to people who have had contact with the positive case identified. The results confirmed the absence of any other positive cases among the residents in the Casa Santa Marta, and a further positive case among the employees of the Holy see is in close contact with the official”.

“As a precautionary measure, in light of this new finding, he adds the Director of the Press Office – steps have been taken, appropriate sanitary and there were new evidence, in total more than 170, to the employees of the Holy see and to the residents of the Domus. These latest tests gave negative results”.

The people affected by the Covid-19 between the employees of the Holy see and the citizens of the State of the Vatican City are, therefore, currently 6. “I can confirm – concludes Bruni – that neither the Holy Father nor his closest collaborators are involved.”

The statements of the Director of the Press Office is to understand why the Holy see has awaited the results of numerous tests performed before providing the communication thorough and complete on the situation, to be able to reiterate, on the basis of the results and measures taken, both the residence of the Casa Santa Marta as the offices of the Secretary of State are currently safe.



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