Pope tests negative for coronavirus, Italy report says

Pope Francis exhibits a bruise all-around his left eye and eyebrow prompted by an accidental strike towards the popemobile’s window glass while browsing the aged sector of Cartagena, Colombia, on September 10, 2017.

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Pope Francis, who canceled a Lent retreat for the very first time in his papacy for the reason that he is suffering from a cold, has tested detrimental for coronavirus, the Italian newspaper Il Messaggero reported on Tuesday.

Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni reported he experienced no immediate comment on the report. The 83-12 months-old Roman Catholic chief, who had aspect of a single lung taken out because of an illness a long time in the past, also canceled most audiences previous week.

Francis was to have taken section in the 7 days-long retreat with senior Vatican officials that began on Sunday night at a Church home south of Rome.

But in a surprise announcement hours previously, he claimed he would be pursuing it from his residence in a Vatican visitor dwelling.

He has been taken unwell at a time when Italy is battling a surging outbreak of the perhaps fatal coronavirus.

The loss of life toll in Italy jumped to 52 on Monday from 34 the working day in advance of and the full quantity of confirmed conditions in Europe’s worst impacted nation climbed previous the 2,000 mark.

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