A Vatican worker who lives in the same residence as Pope Francis has been hospitalised after reportedly testing positive for coronavirus.
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 and 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.
Pope Francis does not have any symptoms of the virus, said Vatican sources. He is pictured giving a mass at Santa Marta Church on Thursday morning.
The guest house is currently being disinfected by Vatican authorities.
The Pontiff, who is said to be in good health, live streamed a mass at the Santa Marta church on Thursday 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 hospitalised 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.
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