Alarming news about the poor health of 83-year-old Pontiff came amid reports about the rapid spread of the coronavirus in Italy. The number of confirmed cases of infection this week has risen to 650, died 17 people.

Photo: Sergey Savostyanov / TASS Russia and China discussed joint struggle against the COVID-19

“Pope Francis celebrated morning mass and, as usual, welcomed all present, but decided to cancel the audience today. He holds meetings as scheduled in their apartment, ” said Bruni.

According to the world health organization, the coronavirus is the biggest problem for the elderly.