Italy, a country in the grip of the world’s worst novel coronavirus epidemic, celebrated on Thursday the remarkable recovery of 101-year-old man from the Covid-19.
The man, identified only as Mr P, was hospitalized 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 in the midst of 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.
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.