Death toll in Italy has reached 197 amid the outbreak
Vatican City has confirmed its first case of coronavirus on March 6, as the epidemic continues to spread in Italy. Matteo Bruni, Vatican’s spokesperson said that the patient who is tested positive for the virus was a part of the Vatican City’s onsite health facility on March 5. The identity of the person has not been disclosed and the Italian authorities have been informed.
A week ago, 83 year old Pope Francis came down with cold and cancelled his mass and spiritual retreat. Officials, although not denying the virus, have confirmed that he is recovering steadily and has no other pathologies. Italy has the highest number of deaths due the coronavirus outbreak outside mainland China. Almost 200 people have died due to the epidemic in the country. To curb the spread, schools and universities have been shut down until further notice.