Seven other Swiss Guards have tested positive for coronavirus, bringing there are already eleven the members of this Vatican Army who have been infected.
“As a result of controls carried out in recent days, another seven Swiss Guards tested positive. This increases the number to eleven sick guards,” reported the news portal Vatican News.
The infected have been isolated and quarantined, and new controls have been initiated to try to prevent infections from spreading.
The Swiss Guard has taken other measures “to exclude any risk of contagion in the places where “this Pontifical Army is serving.
On October 4, the swearing-in ceremony of the 38 new recruits to integrate them into the small Army, which has 135 guards.
Last Tuesday, the Vatican Government issued a directive to the superiors of the entities of the Holy See that forces the use of the mask within the pontifical state and in its extraterritorial headquarters, territories and buildings in Rome over which it has jurisdiction.
It will be mandatory “on a daily basis in all outdoor places and also in work spaces where distance cannot always be guaranteed”, reads the document, which also insists on the need to respect hygiene standards.
During the first wave of the pandemic, it was reported a dozen cases in the little papal state.