Pope Francis Tests Negative For Coronavirus After Suffering From Cold

 Pope Francis Tests Negative For Coronavirus After Suffering From Cold

Pope Francis, who is suffering from a cold, has tested negative for the coronavirus, an Italian newspaper reported on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 as Italy battles Europe’s worst outbreak.

The pope cancelled a Lent retreat for the first time in his papacy this weekend, after axing all public meetings at the end of last week over the cold.

The new coronavirus has spread from China across much of the world, with Italy among the worst affected with over 2,000 people infected and 52 deaths.

The 83-year-old pontiff has been seen coughing and blowing his nose, but the Vatican on Sunday quickly shot down speculation that the pope himself had come down with the coronavirus.

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