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Vatican confirms first case of Covid-19 and launches sanitisation drive

Pope Francis has been suffering from a cold but the Holy See said he had no other condition.

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St Peter’s Square at the Vatican (Andrew Medichini/AP)

St Peter’s Square at the Vatican (Andrew Medichini/AP)

St Peter’s Square at the Vatican (Andrew Medichini/AP)

A Vatican spokesman has confirmed the first case of Covid-19 at the city-state, as did officials in the African nation of Cameroon.

Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said on Friday that non-emergency medical services at the Vatican have been closed so they can be sanitised following the positive test on Thursday.

More details on the identity of the person testing positive were not made available.

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Pope Francis coughs during the Angelus noon prayer on Sunday (Andrew Medichini/AP)

Vatican medical services are also available to staff and family members of people working at the Vatican.

Pope Francis, meanwhile, is recovering from a cold, and the Vatican has said that he has no other pathologies.

Cameroon’s Ministry of Public Health said its first patient is a 58-year-old French citizen who arrived in the Central African country on February 24.

The ministry said on Friday that surveillance has been put in place, and the patient is in solitary confinement in a hospital.

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