4 Swiss Guards Test Positive As COVID-19 Penetrates Vatican

Vatican Swiss Guards stand attention at the St. Damaso courtyard on the occasion of the swearing-in ceremony at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. The ceremony is held to commemorate the day in 1527 when 147 Swiss Guards died protecting Pope Clement VII during the Sack of Rome. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

(AP) – The Vatican says the coronavirus has hit the Swiss Guards: Four have tested positive for the coronavirus and were showing symptoms. They join three other Vatican residents who tested positive in recent weeks plus the dozen or so Holy See officials who tested positive during the first wave of the outbreak.

Despite the positive cases among his own guards, Pope Francis continued Monday to shun wearing a protective mask. He was seen warmly greeting Cardinal George Pell in his private studio, and neither man wore a mask. Also unmasked were Pell’s secretary and the Vatican photographer.

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