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100-year-old man recovers from coronavirus in China, oldest patient yet to do so

Medical workers at Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University in Wuhan, China. (Xiong Qi/Xinhua via AP/TNS)

A 100-year-old man has left a hospital in China having recovered from a coronavirus infection, the oldest patient to do so, Chinese state media reported.

The unidentified man had been hospitalized for 13 days while undergoing treatment, Chinese media Xinhua reported Saturday, and is home from the hospital.

The man and more than 80 other COVID-19 patients left the Maternity and Child Health Care Hospital in Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei province, where the outbreak started late last year.

He was born in February 1920 and just had his 100th birthday, Xinhua reported. He was hospitalized Feb. 24 with the infection and triumphed over it despite underlying health problems including Alzheimer’s disease, hypertension and heart failure, Xinhua said. Two of those conditions are said to put patients at greater risk of dying.

“Due to his complicated conditions, medical professionals from the military held multiple consultations,” Xinhua said, “and a variety of methods including antiviral treatment through traditional Chinese medicine and convalescent plasma therapy were adopted in the treatment.”

China has said its caseload is dropping as more people recover and fewer become infected, USA Today reported Monday. Meanwhile, Chinese employees in Beijing started returning to work, treading gingerly and wearing masks, the Associated Press reported.

In addition, mainland China as a whole reported no locally transmitted coronavirus infections outside of Hubei for the third day in a row, Reuters reported Monday. The country’s National Health Commission on Tuesday reported 19 new cases, 17 of those in Wuhan, Reuters said, marking a drop from 40 cases the previous day.


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