Man, 100, recovers from coronavirus and returns home after fighting off disease
A 100-year-old man has recovered from coronavirus and returned home after fighting off the deadly disease, according to Chinese state media.
The pensioner, who was receiving treatment at a hospital in Wuhan, China, is the oldest known person to have recovered after contracting the virus, reports Xinhua news agency.
He was among more than 80 patients who had been diagnosed and since gone on to recover – with all being discharged from a wing of Hubei Maternity and Child Health Care Hospital on Saturday.
The pensioner managed a recovery despite suffering from underlying health conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, hypertension and heart failure.
He was first admitted to hospital on February 24 and received a range of treatments from military doctors.
Health officials across the world have warned the elderly, vulnerable and those with weaker immune systems are more at risk of contracting the virus and then going on to suffer complications.
However, England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty said "the great majority" of older patients will survive.
He said last week: "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."
In the UK, six people have died from the virus – with the number expected to rise.
The number of confirmed cases in the UK now stands at 373.
A British woman was today confirmed as the first person to die in Indonesia after contracting the disease.
The 53-year-old was reportedly already critically ill and suffering from diabetes, hypertension, hyperthyroidism and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, an Indonesian government spokesman said.
Her husband was reportedly with her in hospital when she died, however it is not known if he too had been diagnosed with the virus.
In a statement, the Foreign Office said: "We are supporting the family of a British woman who has died in Indonesia and are in contact with local authorities. Our sympathies and thoughts are with her family at this difficult time."
Globally, the number of people infected with the coronavirus has topped 119,000 and more than 4,000 have died as the outbreak spreads to more countries.
Countries including Indonesia and Belgium have reported their first deaths from the virus today.
The death toll in locked-down Italy, the worst-hit country outside China, has jumped by 168 to 631, the largest rise in absolute numbers since the contagion came to light in late February.
Cases are also rising fast in Spain, with more than 1,200 cases and 30 deaths.
Belgium has also recorded its first coronavirus death.
The patient was 90 years old, authorities told Reuters.
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