An Italian man living in the same residence as Pope Francis has tested positive for the coronavirus and is being treated at a hospital, according to reports.
The priest in Holy Holy has spent several years in the boarding house known as Santa Maria, where the 83-year-old pontiff has lived since the 2013 election, according to Italian news outlets.
The newspaper Il Messaggero said the sick man works in the Vatican’s secretariat and a Vatican source said he is believed to be a priest.
The residence has about 130 rooms and suites, but many are unoccupied, a source told Reuters.
Francis, who came down with a cold late last month, has interrupted public appearances and has engaged general audiences on TV and online.
On Tuesday, the Vatican said four people have tested positive in the city state, but those listed do not live in the boarding house.
Santa Marta, which opened in 1996, has cardinals who come to Rome and lock themselves in a conclave to choose a new pope.
Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni told Agence France-Presse that he could neither confirm nor deny the latest reports.
Italy has seen more deaths from COVID-19 than any other country, with the latest figures on Wednesday showing that 7,503 people have died in just under a month.