Four members of the Pontifical Swiss Guard tested positive for the coronavirus over the weekend. They show symptoms of Covid-19 and are currently in isolation, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni announced on Monday.
These cases are in addition to three other people who have tested positive in recent weeks, he added. He added that checks are underway to assess “the number of people who have been in direct contact” with the infected guards.
Mr Bruni did not say whether any of the infected guards had been in contact with Pope Francis. But he stressed that “in accordance with arrangements made last week (by the Vatican authorities), all guards, whether on duty or not, wear the mask, both inside and outside, and observe the prescribed sanitary measures “.
On October 4, 38 new Swiss guards were sworn in during a traditional ceremony that took place in the open air in the Saint-Damasus courtyard of the apostolic palace, with 220 people, or 10% of the usual attendance. The day before, these young recruits, accompanied by some members of their family, had been received, unmasked, by the Pope in the apostolic palace.