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Europe’s oldest person survives COVID-19

Europe’s oldest person has survived COVID-19, just days before she turned 117.

Lucile Randon is a French nun and tested positive for the condition on January 16, however she did not go on to develop any symptoms.

Known as Sister Andre since 1944, the blind woman was isolated from other residents in the care home she resides in.

Speaking to local newspaper the Var Martin, David Tavella, a spokesman for the Sainte Catherine Labouré retirement home, said: “She didn’t ask me about her health, but about her habits. For example, she wanted to know if meal or bedtime schedules would change.

“She showed no fear of the disease. On the other hand, she was very concerned about the other residents.

“We consider her to be cured. She is very calm and she is looking forward to celebrating her 117th birthday on Thursday [11 February]. She has been very lucky.”

When asked by French broadcaster BFM if she was scared of having the killer virus, she said: “No, I wasn’t scared, because I wasn’t scared to die. I’m happy to be with you, but I would wish to be somewhere else – to join my big brother, and my grandfather and my grandmother.”

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