The Vatican has joined other countries infected with the deadly virus after announcing its first coronavirus case, saying it had suspended outpatient services at its health clinic after a patientwas tested positive for COVID-19.

The clinic within the tiny city-state –with some 1,000 residents – will be deep cleaned, while the emergency room will remain open, spokesman Matteo Bruni told AFP.

The patient was reportedly tested positive on Thursday.

The clinic is used by priests, residents and employees — as wellas those now retired — as well as their relatives.

Bruni said the Vatican was getting in touch with all those who had passed through the clinic, as per protocol.

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