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The Pope, who is ill, tests negative for the virus, says an Italian newspaper as the world race to control of pandemic

The 83-year-old Roman Catholic leader tested negative for the new coronavirus, Italian media reported on Tuesday.

The pope earlier cancelled a Lent retreat for the first time in his papacy because he is suffering from a cold.

He also cancelled most audiences last week. Italy is Europe’s worst-affected country with more than 2,000 people infected and 52 dead.

Police have used tear gas against locals trying to block a cruise ship from docking at the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean.

The Sun Princess has around 2,000 passengers and had its last port of call in Thailand.

The locals feared the passengers might bring the coronavirus to the small island – although there have been no suspected cases on the vessel.

Around 30 demonstrators threw stones and bottles at the police who responded with tear gas.

Last month, the Sun Princess was turned away from Madagascar because of virus fears, but it has docked at South Africa since then.

Other summaries:

  • Quarantined foreign diplomats will be allowed to leave Pyongyang
  • Chinese regions announce restrictions on foreigners coming into their areas
  • Officials in South Korea say two members of virus-linked church had been to Wuhan
  • The WHO says the virus is “unique” but stresses it can be contained
  • Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Morocco and Senegal confirm their first cases
  • Australia’s central bank cuts interest rates in response to outbreak
  • Twitter tells staff in Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea to work from home
  • Hong Kong to fly 533 residents back from Wuhan
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