VATICAN CITY: Four members of the Vatican Swiss Guards, the elite and colourfully dressed corps that protects the pope, have tested positive for Covid-19, the Vatican said on Monday.

The results came in over the weekend and added to three other residents or citizens of the tiny Vatican city-state who have tested positive in recent weeks, according to a statement. They are believed to be the first in the corps to test positive.

Nearly all of the guard are single men who live in a barracks just inside the Vatican gates. The commanders and married members live in separate apartments. All members have Swiss nationality.

The Vatican said all of those who had tested positive had mild symptoms. They have been isolated and tracing of those with whom they had been in direct contact was underway.

Published in Dawn, October 13th, 2020

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