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By Philip Pullella, Reuters, March 25, 2020

Reporting By Philip Pullella; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama, William Maclean

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A person who lives in the same Vatican residence as Pope Francis has tested positive for coronavirus and is being treated in an Italian hospital, the Rome newspaper Il Messaggero reported on Wednesday.

The Vatican had no comment on the report.

Francis, who has cancelled public appearances and is conducting his general audiences via television and the internet, has lived in the guesthouse, known as Santa Marta, since his election in 2013.

Santa Marta has about 130 rooms and suites but many are not occupied now, a Vatican source said.

Nearly all of the current residents live there permanently. Most outside guests have not been accepted since Italy went on a national lockdown earlier this month.  ….

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