Vatican confirms Pope Francis and two aides test positive for Coronavirus

BREAKING: Vatican confirms Pope Francis and two aides test positive for Coronavirus

The Vatican has confirmed in a statement that Pope Francis and two of his aides have tested positive for the novel Coronavirus.

The three new cases add up to the over 400 cases confirmed in Italy under a week.

Pope Francis missed a planned Mass with clergy in Rome yesterday after showing Coronavirus-like symptoms.

The Vatican had earlier said the pontiff, 83, had a slight indisposition and could proceed with the rest of his planned work today.

The pope and his aides have been quarantined and receiving medical attention near Santa Marta, the Vatican hotel where he lives.

The pope was seen coughing and blowing his nose during the Asha Wednesday Mass.

Yesterday, he told well-wishers: ‘I wish, again, to express my closeness to those who are ill with coronavirus and to health-care workers who are caring for them’

It comes amid an outbreak of the strain of coronavirus- also known as Covid-19 – in Italy that has infected more than 400 people, almost all of them in the north.

Rome had three cases, but all three have recovered.

Francis had been scheduled to go to the St John Lateran basilica to meet with Rome clergy and celebrate a penitential Mass at the start of Lent.

The Argentine pope has generally good health he lost part of one lung as a young man because of respiratory illness and suffers from sciatica, which makes walking difficult.

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