The concern for the health of Pope Francis (83) continues to grow. As the Vatican announced on Thursday, eleven of its bodyguards from the Swiss Guard have now tested positive for the corona virus. This means that the number of guardsmen suffering from Covid-19 has increased by seven since the weekend. The Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni (43) announced on Monday that several Swiss Guards had been isolated and were in quarantine.
Pope Francis is considered a high-risk patient not only because of his old age. The Argentine has lived with decreased lung function for decades. When he was only 21 years old, part of his right lung was surgically removed after suffering from severe pneumonia. At that time, he hovered between life and death for a total of three days.