A 100-year-old man from Wuhan in China has reportedly become the oldest person in the world to make a recovery from the Coronavirus.
The man also had other health issues, including Alzheimer’s, hypertension and heart failure.
He was admitted to the Hubei Maternity and Child Health Care Hospital on 24 February and was discharged 13 days later, along with 80 other patients who had also recovered from the Coronavirus.
According to the report by the Xinhua News Agency, he had received a range of different treatments.
China also reported at the beginning of this month that a 98-year-old woman had successfully been treated for Coronavirus. She was given a course of anti-viral medications and other treatments.
It has generally been believed that elderly people are at a higher risk of contracting the Coronavirus and dying from it.
However, England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, is on record as stating that this is not necessarily the case.
“Even in the most vulnerable, oldest groups, in a very stressed health service – which Hubei was at the point when most of the data came out – the great majority of people who caught this virus – and not everybody will – survived it. The great majority, over 90 per cent.
“I think it’s easy to get a perception that if you are older and you get this virus then you’re a goner – absolutely not, the great majority of people will recover from this virus, even if they are in their 80s.”
China, where the Coronavirus is thought to have originated, remains the worst infected country, with over 80 000 confirmed cases and more than 3000 deaths as per the statistics on Wednesday morning (11H00 GMT).
However, efforts to combat the spread of the disease appear to be working.
The last few days have seen a relatively small number of new cases, while 14 temporary hospitals have been closed down after the patients were discharged following their recoveries.