Pope Francis, who is suffering from a cold, has tested negative for the Coronavirus, an Italian newspaper reported on Tuesday, as Italy battles Europe’s worst outbreak.Although this may come as good news, it is emerging that the health of Pope Francis is not that good.
The pontiff attended the Ash Wednesday mass last week and he appeared to be suffering from a cold.
On Sunday, Pope Francis was seen coughing and sneezing during his first public appearance in four days.
Speaking to thousands of people in St Peter’s Square, the Pope announced his cold will force him to skip a week-long Lenten spiritual retreat with senior Vatican officials that had been due to start later in the day.
He appeared at the window of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace for the first time since Wednesday for his weekly Sunday noon message and blessing.
“Unfortunately a cold will force me not take part this year . I will follow the meditations from here.” Pope Francis said
He was seen blowing his nose and coughing during the service and his voice sounded hoarse. This prompted the leadership of Vatican worried and his samples were later taken for testing. But fortunately the cold like symptoms turned out negative for the deadly Coronavirus.
The 83-year-old pontiff had been seen coughing and blowing his nose, but the Vatican – which on Tuesday also announced it was sending its top two sex crimes investigators to Mexico on a fact-finding and assistance mission – quickly shot down speculation that the pope himself had come down with COVID-19.
Pope Francis had part of one lung removed because of an illness decades ago.He also suffers some leg pain due to sciatica, for which he undergoes regular physical therapy and which explains his occasional difficulty climbing steps. But he is in generally good health
The Vatican is yet to commend on the report which was revealed by Italian newspaper Il Messaggero.