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Confirmed: Twelfth Case of COVID19 in Vatican

Declaration of Holy See Press Office Director, Matteo Bruni

A new case of COVID 19 has been confirmed among Vatican employees, bringing the total number of cases to twelve.

This was confirmed in a declaration of the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, May 6, 2020.

“A new case of Covid-19 has recently been confirmed, the twelfth in Vatican City State and among the employees of the Holy See,” it began.

“The person,” the statement explained, “has been working remotely since early March and upon the emergence of symptoms, remained in self-isolation at home.”

“Before returning to the workplace the employee underwent a test for Covid-19 at the Vatican Directorate for Health and Hygiene which resulted positive, and is now under observation at home,” the statement concluded.

About 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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