In the coastal Italian city of Rimini, a 101-year-old man has recovered from the novel coronavirus. The deadly virus has infected a total of 80,589 people in the country and has claimed the lives of 8,215 others.

According to Xinhua news agency, the man who is referred to as “Mr.P.” is believed to be the oldest person to recover from the disease. The Vice-Mayor of Rimini, Gloria Lisi said Mr.P. was born in 1919. A week ago, he was admitted to the Rimini Rimini hospital, Ospedale Infermi di Rimini after testing positive for COVID-19.

Gloria Lisi said in an interview that as the patient began to recover it became “the story everyone talked about” in the hospital. She said, “Everyone saw hope for the future of all of us in the recovery of a person more than 100 years old.”

“Every day we see the sad stories from these weeks that mechanically tell about a virus that rages and is especially aggressive on the elderly. But he survived. Mr. P. survived,” she added.

Gloria Lisi further said: “His family brought him home last night (Wednesday), leaving behind a lesson that even at the age of 101, the future is not set.”

Amid the complete lockdown all over the country due to coronavirus, the story of Mr. P. is a rare positive news. Most of the old people who have been affected by the virus could hardly survive. The number of fatalities in Italy has surpassed China where the coronavirus first originated last December. 

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