‘Old­est woman in Spain’ beats COVID-19 at 113

Fiji Sun - - WORLD NEWS -

A 113-year-old Span­ish woman is thought to be the old­est per­son in the world to have sur­vived COVID-19, the dis­ease caused by the coro­n­avirus, Span­ish me­dia re­ported on Tues­day. The Cata­lan news­pa­per La

Van­guardia re­ported that Maria Branyas, who has spent the past 20 years in the Res­i­den­cia Santa Maria de Tura, a res­i­dence for the el­derly close to the city of Girona in north­east Spain, tested pos­i­tive for the coro­n­avirus in April.

How­ever, af­ter sev­eral weeks in iso­la­tion in her room, fur­ther tests on Mon­day con­firmed that she had beaten the virus af­ter only suf­fer­ing mi­nor symptoms. Her re­cov­ery means she is very likely to be the old­est per­son in the world to re­cover from COVID-19.

Maria was born in the United States in 1907 and has 11 grand­chil­dren and 13 great-grand­chil­dren, whom she hasn’t seen since they cel­e­brate her 113th birth­day on March 4.

Maria Branyas.

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