An Italian, 101 years of age, refereed to as Mr. P in the coastal Italian town of Rimini was recently declared negative and released from hospital confinement after recovering from COVID19 .
This was reported by Rimini deputy mayor, Gloria Lisi. The old man, who is now referred to as face of hope was admitted last week to a Rimini hospital in northeast Italy, after he tested positive for COVID 19.
He was declared negative and released from confinement on Thursday. the mayor commented, this was “truly extraordinary” and that such a recovery from a man, more than a hundred years old, would give “hope for the future.” The city head also expressed how an old man has instilled hope in people that “even at 101 years, the future is not written.”
Mr. P was born in 1919, during the Spanish Flu pandemic that killed over 50 million people globally. He grew up between World War I and WWII and now, he turned out to be the oldest patient to recover from COVID-19 in Italy.
The 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic was believed to have killed over “600,000 Italians” but he was spared. The hospital and health workers thought his condition and chances of survival was due to his age.
The number of confirmed cases in the country has reached nearly 92,500 and while over 12,300 people have recovered from COVID-19.
After first appearing in Wuhan, China, last December, the novel coronavirus has spread to at least 177 countries and territories, according to data compiled by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.