Europe’s oldest citizen survives Covid at 116

French nun who is Europe’s oldest person, Lucile Randon, has survived Covid-19, just days before her 117th birthday.

The nun took the name of Sister Andre in 1944, tested positive for coronavirus on 16 January but didn’t show any symptoms.

She isolated separately from other residents in her retirement home in Toulon, southern France, but is now considered fully recovered.

“She has been very lucky,” David Tavella, spokesman for the Sainte Catherine Labouré retirement home, said.

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

Sister Andre, who is blind and uses a wheelchair, is now looking forward to celebrating her birthday on Thursday – although she is going to mark the occasion with a smaller group of residents than usual.


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