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Pope reportedly tests negative for virus

Published : Friday, 27 March, 2020 at 12:00 AM  Count : 171

VATICAN CITY, Mar 26: Pope Francis was reported on Thursday to have tested negative for the novel coronavirus after a person in his residence was said to have contacted COVID-19.
Several Italian newspapers with reputable sources in the Vatican said the Italian clergyman who got sick had lived for years in the pope's Saint Martha's residence.
Il Messaggero said the person is "one of the pope's closest collaborators, an official of the Secretariate of the State, who was found to have a slight temperature after going in for a routine check".
The daily La Stampa said the unnamed person has been hospitalised in Rome and that his office has been disinfected.
Il Messaggero later reported that the pope himself was tested for the virus and came out clean.
The 83-year-old pontiff has remained largely secluded at his residence since coming down with a cold late last month.
La Stampa said he has been "eating alone in his room for some time" and has food brought to him on a tray by secretaries.    -AFP














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