A 97-year-old woman the oldest person to recover from COVID-19 in Brazil

Great-grandmother Gina Dal Colleto has become the oldest known person to survive coronavirus in Brazil.

Gina Dal Colleto, 97, leaves Sao Paulo's Vila Nova Star hospital after recovering from COVID-19.

Gina Dal Colleto, 97, leaves Sao Paulo's Vila Nova Star hospital after recovering from COVID-19. Source: Reuters

When 97-year-old Brazilian Gina Dal Colleto was hospitalized on April 1 with coronavirus symptoms, few could have thought she would survive the deadly virus.

On Sunday, however, Ms Dal Colleto was pushed in a wheelchair out of Sao Paulo's Vila Nova Star hospital to applause from doctors and nurses, becoming the oldest known survivor of COVID-19 in Brazil, the Latin American country worst-hit by the outbreak.

Her unexpected recovery was a ray of hope in Brazil, where the coronavirus has laid bare a stretched public health system and exposed fierce political debate over how to best tackle the virus' spread and prop up the country's economy.

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The sole survivor of an Italian family comprising 11 siblings, Ms Dal Colleto lived alone in the port city of Santos, Rede D'Or São Luiz, which controls the Vila Nova Star hospital, said in a statement.

While she was hospitalised, Ms Dal Colleto was put on oxygen and admitted to intensive care, the statement said.



On Sunday, Brazil's health ministry said 1,223 people had died as a result of the outbreak, 99 more than the previous day's total. Brazil now has 22,169 confirmed cases.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right former army captain, has chafed at social distancing measures imposed by state governors and even his own health officials. He wants the economy restarted, arguing that extended shutdowns pose a greater risk than a disease he calls a "little cold."


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Published 13 April 2020 at 1:19pm
Source: Reuters, SBS