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.
According to Dailymail, Pope Francis, 83, also uses the building as his residence, to take his meals and for 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.
The Pontiff, who regularly uses the building, also occasionally moves to the Vatican library to record live-stream messages to 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.