There are many who are wondering what really is wrong with the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis who has for the third day in a row on Saturday canceled audiences.
The Vatican has confirmed that the Pope is sick and has restricted his activities to his residence at the Vatican’s Santa Marta hotel.
From there he has been receiving people in private but his illness was reported days after he met with people with Coronavirus on Wednesday.
At Ash Wednesday service in Rome, the pope was seen suffering from a cold and was seen blowing his nose, coughing and spoke with a hoarse voice.
The pontiff, who had shown solidarity with coronavirus sufferers during his service said: “I wish, again, to express my closeness to those who are ill with coronavirus and to health-care workers who are caring for them.”
The Vatican hasn’t revealed the nature of Francis’ illness only by saying that has a “slight indisposition.”
There are concerns though about the possibility that he may be a patient of the virus as more than 800 people, most in northern Italy have been infected with the disease.
Victims of coronavirus often suffer from respiratory illness and this new strain of coronavirus was not previously identified in humans.
On Sunday though Francis is expected to leave the Vatican with top Holy See bureaucrats for a week of spiritual exercises in the Roman countryside, an annual retreat that the pope attends at the start of each Lent.
Currently there are more than 83,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 60 countries.
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) February 29, 2020
China, where the virus originated, has the highest number of infected and deaths though COVID-19 has begun spreading quicker outside the Asian country, particularly in Italy.
12 regions in Italy have had confirmed cases of the virus but the Lazio region where Rome is has no more confirmed cases after three people there recovered.
The virus is a global public health emergency, according to the World Health Organisation and there are concerns it could soon turn out into a global pandemic.