Four members of the Vatican Swiss Guards, have tested positive for COVID-19, the Vatican said on Monday (October 12).
Instantly recognizable by their colorful and elaborate uniforms, the guards protect the pope in the tiny city-state.
According to a statement, the results came in over the weekend and added to three other residents or citizens of the Vatican who have tested positive in recent weeks.
The Vatican said all of those who had tested positive had mild symptoms.
They have been isolated and tracing of those with whom they had been in direct contact was underway.
The Vatican last week introduced stricter prevention measures - ensuring that everyone had to wear masks, even outdoors, and practice social distancing.
But that didn't stop Pope Francis going mask free just last Wednesday (October 7)
as he held a general audience indoors in the Vatican for the first time since lockdown.
On Friday, Italy topped 5,000 new COVID-19 cases in a single day for the first time since March.
Leading to the country looking to ban private parties and limit the numbers of guests at weddings and funerals among new restrictions.