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JUST IN: First Case of Coronavirus in the Vatican

Following Continued Precautions Taken for Safety, Director of the Holy See Press Office Issues Statement

Someone has tested positive in the Vatican for Coronavirus.

The Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, confirmed this in a statement this morning, March 6, 2020.

“Yesterday afternoon,” his statement said, “a patient being attended in a Vatican ambulatory tested positive for COVID-19.”

“Given this first case in the Vatican,” it continued, ‘the ambulatory services of the Health and Hygiene Department of Vatican City State have been temporarily suspended.”

The First Aid Department, he clarified, continues functioning. The Vatican’s Health and Hygiene Department, the Holy See has also stated, is providing information to the competent Italian Authorities and, in the meantime, the established sanitary protocols are being followed.

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': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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