By:Nadeemy Haded

The Vatican announced, on Saturday, that the tests conducted in the building where Pope Francis resides confirmed that the Pope and his close associates are not infected with Corona virus after tests have shown that a resident of the building was infected with the virus.

This is the first announcement on the status of the Pope, 83, for the Corona virus since the start of the current crisis in Italy, in which more than 10 thousand people died of the disease.

A spokesman for the Vatican, Matteo Bruni, said that tests were carried out on 170 people in the Vatican, and confirmed that 6 of them were sick, one of whom was a dozen permanent residents of the Santa Maria guesthouse in the Vatican.

"I can confirm that he is neither the holy father nor his close associates," he added.

The person who was confirmed to have the disease worked at the Vatican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was receiving treatment at a hospital in Rome.

The examinations confirmed that another person who had been in contact with the Pope had the disease, but that he was not staying at the Pope's residence.

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