Friday, 6 March 2020

Vatican reports first coronavirus case

The Vatican on Friday reported its first coronavirus case, saying it had suspended outpatient services at its health clinic after

a patient tested positive for COVID-19.

The clinic inside the tiny city-state – which has some 1,000 residents – will be deep cleaned, while the emergency room will remain open, spokesman Matteo Bruni told AFP.

South Korean soldiers wearing protective gear prepare to spray disinfectant on the street to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Seoul on March 6, 2020. – South Korea’s total reported infections. (Photo: AFP)
The patient tested positive on Thursday.

The clinic is used by priests, residents and employees — including those now retired — as well as their relatives.

Bruni said the Vatican was getting in touch with all those who had passed through the clinic, as per protocol.

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