Pope Francis has been tested for coronavirus after he fell ill and was forced to cancel a religious retreat near Rome.
The pontiff had been due to go to a Lent retreat, but he did not go – the first time he has not attended the event during his papacy – because he was suffering from a heavy cold.
The results for Covid-19 came back negative, according to Italian newspaper Il Messaggero this morning.
He 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 52 on Monday from 34 the day before and the total number of confirmed cases in Europe’s worst affected country climbed past the 2,000 mark.