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The Vatican ambassador to Iraq announces his infection with Corona

The Vatican ambassador to Iraq, who is the main figure in planning for Pope Francis' visit to the country this week, said that he had tested positive for COVID-19 today, Saturday, but the Pope's visit would go ahead.

Archbishop Mitja Lescovar, who was the main figure in planning the pope’s visit from March 5 to March 8, told Reuters that he and many other employees of the embassy are in self-isolation.

"This will not affect the Pope's program, which is going as planned," Lescovar said.

The Pope will begin a four-day visit to Iraq on Friday to express his solidarity with the war-crushed Christian community and Islamic State militants.

Since announcing the Pope's first visit in December, the Vatican has said that this visit will take place if the Corona virus situation in Iraq allows it.

Iraq has witnessed a recent increase in Covid-19 cases, and the authorities have banned travel between provinces.