ONE of China’s oldest coronavirus sufferers, aged 101, has incredibly beaten the killer bug.
The man’s stunning recovery comes days after a 98-year-old woman was discharged from a makeshift hospital in Wuhan – the epicentre of the global outbreak.
China has reported more than 80,000 cases and almost 3,000 deaths since the coronavirus epidemic broke out.
Among those infected was the 101-year-old patient – identified in local media by his surname of ‘Dai’ – who spent a week in Wuhan Third Hospital, Hubei Province.
Until his return home, a 98-year-old woman – Hu Hanying – was the oldest patient to successfully overcome the disease in China
Ward matron Li Lai told reporters that Mr Dai was “very energetic” upon his discharge.
Photos of the elderly man show him using a wooden walking stick and chatting with medics wearing protective hazmat suits.
Li Lai said that caring Mr Dai was worried about his wife, 92, being at home alone.
So the determined pensioner had concentrated on getting “better soon so he could go home and take care of her”.
The elderly man became unwell last month and was immediately hospitalised after being diagnosed with the virus.
Although he’s been discharged from Wuhan Third Hospital, medics told him to undergo a fortnight-long quarantine, reports the Mail Online.
Meanwhile, 98-year-old coronavirus survivor Hu, also from Wuhan, had a fever of 40C and was taken to the Leishenshan – Thunder God Mountain – Hospital in central China’s Hubei Provinice on February 13.
Xinhuanet reports that Hu was treated with antiviral and anti-infection medication, and monitored in intensive care, 24 hours a day as she was suffering from heart failure and a severe lung infection.
Wang Xinghuan, the hospital’s boss, said that Hu’s “recovery will bring confidence to other patients who are still under treatment.”
Her daughter, 55, was also taken ill with the coronavirus.
Scientists in China studying the outbreak say they have found that two main strains of the virus are circulating in humans and causing infections.
This indicates that the virus is mutating.
The virus, which has since been renamed Sars-CoV2, has evolved into two major lineages, known as “L” and “S” types, say researchers at Peking University’s School of Life Sciences and the Institute Pasteur of Shanghai
The newer and more aggressive L type strain accounted for about 70 per cent of the analysed cases, the scientists said, while the rest were linked to the older S type version.
The L type strain was found to be prevalent in the early stages of the outbreak in Wuhan, the Chinese city where Covid-19 was first detected late last year.
But its frequency decreased from early January, which the researchers attributed to human intervention.
There has been a report from Hong Kong about a dog of a coronavirus patient being put into quarantine, in what could be the first case of human-to-animal transmission.
But experts have cautioned against pets being potential spreaders of the virus.
Source: THE SUN