100-year-old man has recovered from coronavirus

100-year-old man has recovered from coronavirus

A 100-year-old man has been discharged from a hospital in China after recovering from coronavirus, per state media, The Independent reports.

The centenarian is the oldest person to recover after being diagnosed with the SARS-like virus, Xinhua news agency states. The man, who has only been identified by his surname, Wang, was among over 80 patients to be discharged after encountering COVID-19 on Saturday from Hubei Maternity and Child Health Care Hospital in Wuhan.

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The individual - who purportedly had underlying health conditions, including Alzheimer's, hypertension and heart failure - was admitted to the hospital on the 24th February, where he received an array of treatments from military doctors.

Since news of the outbreak broke, doctors have warned that the elderly and those with impacted immune systems and underlying health conditions are at increased risk of severe coronavirus infection.

However, according to The Independent, England's chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, 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."

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This comes after Italy enforced a nationwide shutdown, where all 60 million residents are under restrictions, including school closures, bans on public events and travel checks.

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Currently, the coronavirus has infected more than 113,000 people globally, and killed over 4,000, according to CNN.

This article originally appeared on VT.co