- Pope Francis reportedly tested negative for coronavirus following a series of 'routine' checks
- The pointif, 83, sparked frightening rumours of coronavirus infection after he repeatedly coughed and sneezed while also showing signs of fatigue
- Pope Francis' last public appearance was during the Ash Wednesday, a Christian holy day of prayer and fasting
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Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican city, has reportedly tested negative to the Coronavirus, bringing a relief sigh amid tension generated by the health state of the aged pontiff.
The 83-year-old Catholic leader was forced to cancel a string of engagements last week after showing symptoms suggestive of common cold including cough, fever, chills and sore throat.
Pope's health condition sparked frightening rumours with local media reporting that he might have contracted the deadly coronavirus after meeting with Catholic faithfuls during the Ash Wednesday events on February 26.
But in a report by a top media outlet in Italy Messaggero, Pope tested negative to the virus following a series of 'routine' checks.
According to the newspaper, Pope was given a swab test as a precaution but the results came back negative.
Pope Francis' last public appearance was during the Ash Wednesday, Christian holy day of prayer and fasting where he exhibited signs of fatigue.
During the ceremony, the Vatican leader announced he would be following the yearly spiritual retreat from his guest room instead of getting fully involved.
YEN.com.gh China has introduced new laws that prevent the online spread of negative news about the coronavirus epidemic.
The new rule implies that people can only post positive news about the outbreak online.
The rule, known as the Provisions on the Governance of the Online Information Content Ecosystem, was first announced in December 2019 and came into effect on Sunday, March 1, 2020.
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