Prominent cardinal tests positive for COVID-19

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle (CNS/Francois Gloutnay, Presence)

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples and president of Caritas Internationalis, has tested positive for COVID-19. Source: The Tablet.

In a statement last night, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said the result was discovered after Cardinal Tagle, 63, was administered a swab test upon his arrival in Manila on Thursday.

“His Eminence does not exhibit any symptoms and will remain in self-isolation in the Philippines,” Mr Bruni said.

He also confirmed that Cardinal Tagle had previously tested negative for the coronavirus after he had undergone a swab in Rome on September 7. The cardinal last met privately with Pope Francis at the end of August.

Mr Bruni also said the Vatican is verifying the condition of those who were in contact with the cardinal in recent days.

The news of a Vatican official testing positive for the coronavirus comes at a time when the Vatican is slowly opening its doors to the public. Pope Francis held his first public general audience last week, six months after lockdown measures were enforced to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Cardinal Tagle tests positive for COVID-19 (The Tablet

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