At least 19 people at a Rome pontifical university tested positive for the coronavirus and six have been hospitalised for their symptoms, the rector said.
After one resident at the Pontifical Salesian University began having symptoms related to Covid-19, local health authorities were alerted and they began to test all residents, the rector, Salesian Fr Mauro Mantovani told the newspaper Il Messaggero on 25th April.
The university, which has been conducting classes online since 5th March, houses some 280 members of six religious orders.
The 19 people who tested positive were put in isolation, he told RomaSette.it, a news outlet for the Diocese of Rome on 27th April.
The entire university has been isolated as a “red zone,” with only authorised personnel allowed to leave or enter. Tests on all residents were expected to be finished by today, 28th April.
Picture: Salesian Fr Mauro Mantovani, rector of Rome’s Pontifical Salesian University, is pictured in an undated photo. In a 25th April 2020, interview, Fr Mantovani said at least 19 people at the university tested positive for the Covid-19 and six have been hospitalised for their symptoms. (CNS photo/courtesy Pontifical Salesian University).