Head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State, Pope Francis may now be in coronavirus danger after a Vatican worker who lives in his residence was hospitalised for testing positive for the virus.
The unidentified clergyman has lived in the Holy See’s Saint Martha’s guest house for years, reports said.
Pope Francis also uses the building as his residence, to take his meals and for private meetings.
The 83 year-old Pontiff has remained largely secluded since coming down with a cold at the end of last month.
Italy is the epicentre of Europe’s virus outbreak, recording more deaths than China.
Vatican authorities have disinfected the guest house, the Daily Mail reported, quoting Italianpapers, La Stampa and Il Messagro.
Pope Francis has been ‘eating alone in his room for some time’ as a precaution and is in good health, La Stampa reported.
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