Pope tested negative for coronavirus

Vatican, (daily Mail), 3 March 2020 –  Pope Francis has tested negative for coronavirus after he was forced to cancel a series of engagements last week due to illness.  

The 83-year-old pontiff was given a ‘routine’ test after falling ill on Ash Wednesday with symptoms of a cold including a cough, fever, chills and sore throat.   
He was given a swab test as a precaution but the results have come back negative, according to Italian newspaper Il Messaggero.   

Francis fell ill as Italy battles a coronavirus outbreak that has sickened more than 2,00 people and killed 52.

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