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UPDATE: Eight-Confirmed Cases of Holy See Employees with COVID19, 2 Cured

Matteo Bruni Issues Statement

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To date, there are eight Holy See employees who have tested positive for COVID19, and two of them have been cured.

This was confirmed in a statement by Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, in an April 8, 2020, statement.

“An eighth case of COVID-19 has been verified at the Vatican,” he noted, adding two people have been cured and a third person has been able to leave the hospital.

He explained that an employee of the Holy See who just tested positive “had left Rome in the first half of the month of March to help sick relatives.”

“After the first symptoms,” Bruni elaborated, “the person was hospitalized locally without returning to Rome and she is now under careful observation.”

In total, he summarized, “the Holy See employees that have been infected by COVID19  in the Vatican City State number eight.”

The good news, he pointed out, is that two patients are now cured, and another has “come out of the hospital and is on the mend.”

The Vatican spokesman concluded, saying two others are still “hospitalized and under treatment,” and three “asymptomatic” individuals are “in preventive isolation.”

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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, at times from the papal flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio, Sky, and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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