Vatican says Pope only has a cold, not coronavirus

Vatican City: Pope Francis, who cancelled a Lent retreat for the first time in his papacy, is suffering only from a cold that is "without symptoms related to other pathologies," the Vatican said on Tuesday.

Pope Francis doesn’t have coronavirus.Credit:AP

Francis has been taken ill at a time when Italy is battling a surging outbreak of the potentially deadly coronavirus.

The death toll in Italy jumped to 79 on Tuesday from 52 the day before and the total number of confirmed cases in Europe's worst affected country climbed past the 2500 mark.

(Reporting By Editing by Chris Reese and Alexandra Hudson)

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