Pope Tests Negative For Coronavirus After Canceling Events Due To Cold

Pope Francis, who cancelled a Lent retreat because of a cold, has tested negative for coronavirus, the Italian newspaper Il Messaggero reported.

Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said he had no immediate comment on the report.

The 83-year-old Pontiff, who has had part of one lung removed because of an illness, also cancelled most engagements last week.

Pope Francis was to have taken part in the week-long retreat with senior Vatican officials which began on Sunday night at a church residence south of Rome.

But in a surprise announcement hours earlier, he said he would be following the retreat from his residence in a Vatican guesthouse.

He has been taken ill at a time when Italy is battling a surging outbreak of the potentially deadly coronavirus.

The death toll in Italy jumped to 52 yesterday from 34 the day before and the total number of confirmed cases in Europe’s worst affected country climbed past the 2,000 mark

Source: RTE

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