VATICAN – A Vatican worker who lives in the same residence as Pope Francis has been hospitalized after reportedly testing positive for coronavirus the Mail Online (Daily Mail) of the United Kingdom reported.
The clergyman, who has not been named, has lived in the Holy See’s Saint Martha’s guest house for years.
Pope Francis, 83, also uses the building as his residence, to take his meals and for private meetings. He has remained largely secluded since coming down with a cold at the end of last month.
Italy has remained at the epicentre of Europe’s virus outbreak, and has recorded more deaths than China due to the disease.
Italy has 74,300 confirmed cases and 7,500 deaths.
At present, Pope Francis does not have any symptoms of the virus, said Vatican sources. He is pictured giving a mass at Santa Marta Church this morning.
Pope Francis does not have any symptoms of the virus, said Vatican sources. He is pictured giving a mass at Santa Marta Church this morning
The guest house is being disinfected by Vatican authorities.
The Pontiff, who is said to be in good health, live streamed a mass at the Santa Marta church this morning.
As well as using the Saint Martha guest house, the pope also visits the Vatican Library to record messages for the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics.
The La Stampa and Il Messagro newspapers said the unnamed person has been hospitalized in Rome and steps have been taken to disinfect the building.
La Stampa additionally reported that Pope Francis has been ‘eating alone in his room for some time’ as a precaution.