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Grandmother, 104, Becomes the Oldest Person in the World to Beat Coronavirus

A 104-year-old Italian woman who survived the 1918 Spanish Flu has become the world’s oldest person to survive the coronavirus.

Ada Zanusso fell ill at her nursing home in Biella in northern Italy on March 17, eight days after the Government imposed a lockdown on the country.

She was tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing a relentless bout of vomiting, fever, and difficulty with breathing last month.

Carla Furno Marchese, Ada’s doctor, said: “She is up and about and not lying in bed and she can walk to her chair.

“She has lost none of her lucidity and intelligence. Her recovery is a great joy for us and a sign of good hope for all that are suffering in these difficult days.”

The good news comes as Italian officials said yesterday they may soon ease restrictions after the daily coronavirus death toll fell.

Sunday’s 525 COVID-19 fatalities reported by the civil protection service were the Mediterranean country’s lowest since 427 deaths were registered on March 19.

They represented a decline of 23 percent from the 681 deaths reported on Saturday.

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