Resident in Pope Francis' residence tests positive for Covid-19

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Pope Francis delivers his weekly general audience at the Vatican on Wednesday. ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images

(CNN) — A resident at Casa Santa Marta, the building in the Vatican that houses the Pope and other clergy, has tested positive for Covid-19.

The resident is currently asymptomatic and has been placed in isolation outside of Casa Santa Marta, along with all who came into direct contact with him, Holy See spokesperson Matteo Bruni said in a statement.

The health of all other residents is being constantly monitored, he added.

The positive test raises fears over the well-being of 83-year-old Pope Francis and other senior clergy, and comes days after four members of the Vatican's Swiss Guard tested positive.

Those guards were all showing symptoms and a contact tracing operation began at the Vatican after their results came through, Bruni said earlier in the week. Three other Vatican residents also tested positive in recent days, it was announced at the time.

Vatican City, which is a city-state located within Rome, is the home of the Pope and the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.

Italy reported more than 5,000 new coronavirus cases on October 9, which represents the highest daily rise in new Covid-19 cases since March 28. The Italian Council of Ministers passed a decree on Wednesday that requires the mandatory use of masks outdoors in an attempt to slow down the spread of the virus across the country.

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