Pope Francis is suffering from a respiratory infection and will have to spend “a few days” in hospital, the Vatican said in a statement on Wednesday.
The 86-year-old pontiff was taken to a hospital in Rome after complaining of respiratory problems, the statement said. The tests carried out showed that he did not have Covid-19.
“In recent days, Pope Francis has complained of breathing difficulties and this afternoon he went to the Policlinico A. Gemelli for medical checks,” Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said. in a press release.
“The result of the same showed a respiratory infection (excluding Covid-19 infection) which will require a few days of appropriate hospital medical treatment.”
The Vatican initially said the Pope visited Rome’s Gemelli Hospital for previously scheduled tests. Shortly after, he said his Thursday schedule had been cleared “to make room for continued testing if needed”.
Earlier in the day, the pontiff attended the weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square and appeared to be in good health.
“Pope Francis is touched by the many messages received and expresses his gratitude for the closeness and prayer,” Bruni added.
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