Baghdad, Feb 28, 2021 (AFP) – Vatican ambassador to Baghdad, nuncio Mitja Leskovar, tested positive for covid-19, Iraqi officials said, while saying that the result would have no impact on Pope Francis’ visit to the Iraq, which starts on Friday (5).
Mitja Leskovar “tested positive, but this will have no impact on the visit” of Pope Francis from March 5 to 8, a source from the Iraqi government told AFP.
The country is prepared to receive the Supreme Pontiff, who will make an unprecedented visit in the country’s history, devastated by 40 years of conflict and violence.
Leskovar was responsible for traveling to several Iraqi provinces to organize preparations for the visit.
Pope Francis, the clergy and the journalists who will accompany him on the trip were vaccinated against the covid-19.
Iraq, a country of 40 million inhabitants, is still awaiting the arrival of the first vaccines against the coronavirus.
Recently, authorities have enacted containment measures to curb a new wave of contagions of the virus, which has caused more than 692,000 cases and 13,300 deaths in the country.