VATICAN CITY, March 29 (Reuters) – Pope Francis has a respiratory infection and will need to spend “a few days” in hospital for treatment, the Vatican said in a statement on Wednesday.

The Vatican said the 86-year-old pope had complained of breathing difficulties in recent days. It added that tests showed he did not have COVID-19.

Reporting by Crispian Balmer; Editing by Alvise Armellini

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