Vatican confirms 1st virus case as pope recovers from cold

St. Peter's Basilica, taken August 14, 2012.
St. Peter's Basilica, taken August 14, 2012.(WEAU)
Published: Mar. 6, 2020 at 10:19 AM CST
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A Vatican spokesman has confirmed the walled city-state's first case of the new coronavirus.

Spokesman Matteo Bruni said Friday that a health clinic used by Vatican employees and their families has been closed for sanitizing.

A Vatican official was put into a protective quarantine after a priest from France's Catholic church in Rome tested positive for the virus.

The Vatican Apostolic Library says it plans to stay closed next week as a precaution. Francis has been under the weather for over a week.

The Vatican has said it's nothing more than a cold.

The 83-year-old lost part of a lung to a respiratory illness when he was a young man.