Italy, which has been in the grip of the world’s worst novel coronavirus epidemic, celebrated on Thursday, March 26, 2020 the remarkable recovery of a 101-year-old man from the Covid-19.
The man, identified only as Mr P, was hospitalised about a week ago, and discharged on Thursday after fighting off the virus, his town of Rimini said in a statement.
According to Rimini’s Deputy Mayor, Gloria Lisi, it is in the darkest of times that certain stories take on a broader meaning.
Recalling that Mr P was born amid the Spanish flu outbreak which killed at least 50 million people during the 1918-20, Lisi said his recovery had given hope for the future of all Italians.
Elderly people are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19.
Earlier, Italy’s National Health Institute reported an average mortality rate for Covid-19 patients of 7.1 per cent, rising to 22.9 per cent for those aged 90 and above.
Rimini, a beach town on Italy’s Eastern Adriatic coast, is in Emilia-Romagna, the second-most affected region by the epidemic after Lombardy.
On Wednesday, nearly 75,000 infections and around 7,500 deaths were reported across the whole of Italy. However, in Emilia-Romagna there were about 10,000 cases and 1,077 fatalities.