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Italian town jubilant as 101-year-old man beats Covid-19

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.

Rimini, Italy
Rimini, Italy

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. 

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