Pope Francis will deliver his next two blessings via a livestream to prevent mass gatherings, which could contribute to the spread of coronavirus. The pontiff will break tradition and won’t deliver the prayer from a window overlooking St. Peter’s Square.
"The prayer will be broadcast via livestream by Vatican News and on screens in Saint Peter's Square", the Vatican said in a statement.
The Holy See has promised to review Francis’ schedule in order to avoid the spread of the coronavirus as the number of infected continues to rise in Italy. The country has the biggest outbreak in Europe and the greatest death toll after China.
Meanwhile, Italy has reported its highest jump in fatalities from the disease. 49 people died within 24 hours, while the number of infected has swelled to more than 4,600.