A 113 year old woman, who is the oldest person living in Spain, has now become the world’s most senior coronavirus survivor.
Maria Branyas, a mother-of-three, pulled through getting the virus, at a care home that she’s lived at for the last 20 years in Olot in Girona Province.
She was born in San Francisco in California in March 1907, which meant that she lived through the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918 and 1919.
Maria is recorded as the oldest person in Spain by the Gerontology Research Group, a global group of researchers in various fields which verifies and tracks supercentenarians – people who have reached the age of 110.
She was isolated in her room at her care home, as she fought off the infection before finally testing negative.
Anyone over the age of 70 is considered to be at particular risk from the coronavirus, as is anyone with any underlying health conditions, making Maria’s recovery a major achievement.
In terms of elderly recoveries, she overtakes a 107-year-old Dutch woman, Cornelia Ras.
The oldest male Covid-19 survivor is 104-year-old American, Bill Lapschies.
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