Coronavirus – Vatican priest living in same house as Pope Francis ‘tests positive for bug’ – The Sun

POPE Francis has once again tested negative for coronavirus after a worker who lives in the same residence as him was reportedly struck down with the bug.

The 83-year-old head of the Catholic church was swabbed yesterday, along with other Vatican residents, after a clergyman at Saint Martha's guest house was hospitalised after testing positive, local media reported.

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All of those subsequently tested, including the Argentine-born Pope, tested negative for the killer virus which has killed more than 7,500 in Italy.

According to both the La Stampa and Il Messagro newspapers, the Pontiff has been “eating alone in his room for some time” as a precaution.

The outlets said the unnamed clergyman had been rushed to a hospital in Rome.

Saint Martha's guest house, where the Pope lives, is being deep cleaned, it has been reported.

A Vatican spokesman told AFP he could neither confirm nor deny the reports.

Francis, who was elected Pope in 2013, is said to be in good health and this morning live streamed a mass at the Santa Marta church.

The Pope suffers from a nerve condition which causes hip pain and also had part of his lung removed as a young man.

On March 3, it was reported that Francis had been tested for COVID-19 but was given the all clear.

During an Ash Wednesday service in St Peter's Basilica, he was seen blowing his nose, coughing, and rubbing his eyes.

Footage showed him coughing and sneezing while delivering a blessing in St Peter's Square at the Vatican after four days out of the public eye.

Referring to the Lent retreat during the address, he said: “Unfortunately a cold will force me not take part this year.

"I will follow the meditations from here."

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