Vatican says Pope Francis recovering well in hospital

Vatican says Pope Francis recovering well in hospital

Baku, March 31, AZERTAC

Pope Francis's health is improving after his first night in the hospital with a respiratory infection, according to statement by the Vatican, DW reports.

Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said on Thursday that the pope had "recovered well " with his condition improving as he continues receiving treatment at the Gemelli hospital.

According to the statement, the Pope Francis "rested well during the night. His clinical picture is gradually improving, and he is continuing his planned treatment."

"This morning after breakfast, he read some newspapers and resumed work. Before lunch, he went to the little chapel of the private [hospital] apartment where he prayed, and he received the Eucharist."

On his official Twitter account, Francis wrote that he was "touched by the many messages received in these hours and I express my gratitude for the closeness and prayer."

The pope was first admitted to Gemelli hospital in Rome on Wednesday for what the Vatican initially said were scheduled medical check-ups.

Afterwards it was revealed he had complained of breathing difficulties and was diagnosed with a respiratory infection, with his Thursday schedule cleared.

The Vatican said he had tested negative for COVID-19 but required "a few days" of hospital treatment.

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