A 95-year-old grandmother has praised the medical staff who treated her after she became the oldest Covid-19 patient to recover from the disease.

Clinicians confirmed Alma Clara Corsini’s body showed a “great reaction” to the contagious infection – with the pensioner having already returned home.

Alma, from Fanano in the Italian province of Modena, began showing signs of the new strain of coronavirus on March 5 before being taken to hospital.

Speaking to Gazzetta Di Modena from her hospital bed she said: “Yes, yes, I’m fine.

“They were good people who looked after me well, and now they’ll send me home in a little while.”

Grandmother Alma Clara Corsini, 95, from Modena, Italy, is the oldest person to recover from coronavirus

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The newspaper said the pensioner became the “pride of the staff” thanks to her fighting spirit and the fact she recovered without the need for antiviral therapy- medications used to help beat the chronic pneumonia-like infection.

Italy has since overtaken China, where the virus originated late last year, as the epicentre with the official death toll standing at 5,476 in the European country.

But Alma’s story is just one of the many positives to come out of the worldwide struggle to combat the pandemic.

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Alma was the “pride of the staff” after recovering so quickly from Covid-19 last month
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Since her recovery, doctors have revealed another Italian pensioner, aged 79 and from Liguria, has recovered after being treated with remdesiver, an experimental Ebola drug, 12 days after being admitted to hospital.

A US woman, meanwhile, diagnosed on February 26, as well as 14 American passengers who contracted the illness on the Diamond Princess cruise which was anchored in Japan for more than two weeks, have all shown signs of recovery using the same medication.

Yesterday, the Italian Government announced the army would be deployed onto the streets to help enforce the lockdown in badly hit Lombardy after the death toll surpassed 3,450 in 24 hours.

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Italy is the worst hit country for coronavirus with harrowing footage inside a Bergamo hospital showing the extent of medical staffs’ struggle

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Police checks in a public park in the Martesana district
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Italy’s 60 million residents have been in lockdown for weeks with the virus quickly spreading after initial break outs in the north.

It recorded its first Covid-19 related death last month and currently has 59,138 confirmed infected, though 7,024 have recovered.

European neighbours Spain are currently the third worst hit country with 1,720 deaths to 28,572 cases, while Iran has 1,685 fatalities and 21,638 cases.

Medical workers outside an intensive care unit of the Brescia Poliambulanza hospital, Lombardy

Medical workers outside an intensive care unit of the Brescia Poliambulanza hospital, Lombardy
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Italian army soldiers and members of the American NGO Samaritan’s Purse set up a field hospital at the Cremona hospital

These are followed by France, also in full lockdown, with 674 deaths and 16,018 cases, and the US which has seen 390 deaths compared to 31,057 cases.

The Italian authorities yesterday barred any domestic travel while all non-essential businesses have previously been warned to cease operating by Wednesday until at least April 3.

While official figures from the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England, released on Sunday morning, showed 78,340 people had been tested for  coronavirus  in the UK, with 5,683 patients confirmed positive.

Boris Johnson  has said the Government is ready to impose tougher restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus if people do not follow the guidance on social distancing.

Mr Johnson said the health benefits of keeping parks open outweighed the risks of doing so

Boris Johnson is considering more draconian measures for Britain
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The Prime Minister’s warning came as the latest official figures showed the number of people across the UK who have died after testing positive for Covid-19 has risen by 48 to 281.

This includes patients aged 18 and 102 – thought to be the youngest and oldest victims so far.

Weekend crowds endangered lives as they filled parks, beaches, garden centres and supermarkets despite pleas to stay home  to stop the spread of  coronavirus.



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