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59 Sisters Test Positive to COVID19 in Two Convents In & Near Rome

One Is Being Hospitalized

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Fifty-nine nuns have tested positive for Covid-19, between two convents, in and near Rome, reported ANSA.

According to Italy’s principal news ageny, the two convents, one in Grottaferrata, outside the capital, and another in Rome, on Via Casilina, were isolated on March 20 after the nearly sixty religious sisters tested positive for coronavirus.

The Daughter of San Camillo at Grottaferrata, in the Castelli Romani, was the first convent closed down after 40 nuns there tested positive.

The Congregation of Angelic Sisters of San Paolo on Rome’s Via Casilina was the next convent affected, after 19 of the convent’s 21 religious sisters tested positive.

To date, there have been more than 5,000 deaths in Italy from the contagious disease.

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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