Vatican City, Oct 15, 2020 / 11:00 am
The Pontifical Swiss Guard announced Thursday that seven more of its members have tested positive for the coronavirus.
The world's smallest but oldest standing army said in a statement Oct. 15 that a total of 11 members had now contracted the virus.
"The isolation of positive cases was immediately arranged and further checks are being carried out," it said.
The unit, which has 135 soldiers, emphasized that it would follow strict new measures to contain COVID-19 issued earlier this month by the Governorate of Vatican City State. It said it would also seek to minimize the risk of spreading the virus in the locations where Swiss Guards serve.