Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State and number two in the Vatican, and his deputy, Venezuela Edgar Pena Barra, Test positive Corona virus, The news that activated alarms inside the Vatican due to their close cooperation with Pope Francis.
Parolin (67), in his post since 2013, “Covit has been positively tested,” He has mild symptoms and is currently isolated. Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni confirmed his position.
Archbishop Pen Barra, As an alternative to the Secretary of State from 2018, despite a positive test, a AsymptomaticThe press office added.
Priests, who The corona virus is vaccinated in three doses. They are close collaborators with Pope Francis on international affairs and act as Vatican spokesmen during tours.
In recent weeks, Parole has been tasked with delivering the highest Pontifical positions on COP 26 in Glasgow, when he said managing the environment was “just as important as managing the epidemic.” Italians also hold meetings with people who come to see the pope.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.The 85-year-old received his third dose of the vaccine at the end of last October, when the Vatican began offering it to people over 60 and those with comorbidities.
Pope Benedict XVI of Argentina The best advocate of the vaccine. However, he usually appears unmasked at public ceremonies, sometimes approaching believers, hugging them and shaking their hands.
Protocol at the Vatican
Due to the increasing number of cases of corona virus worldwide since the origin of the Omigron variant, The Vatican launched new preventive measures last month.
Something strict establishes it Employees without a green pass Document showing that you have been vaccinated or have recovered from the virus You can not enter the workplace.
The rules also apply to outsourced employees, outsourced employees, visitors and users. What else, It is mandatory to use FFP2 or KN95 mask on all closed areas.
These new rules underscore the general mandate signed by Parole in December, stating that “in view of the continuing and deteriorating state of the current health emergency, it has been decided to take appropriate measures to combat it and to ensure the safe development of the measures.”