The Vatican announced today that traditional Easter week celebrations will be held this year without the presence of believers due to coronavirus.

"Due to the global emergency health situation, all Holy Week celebrations will be held without the presence of believers," an official statement said.

Usually these festivities, which take place from Holy Thursday until Easter Sunday, bring together tens of thousands of people in the squares of Rome and the Vatican.

It was also announced that the Sunday Mass and the Pope's hearings would be broadcast over the Internet and television, without the presence of believers.