Though the number of novel coronavirus cases continues to rise by the day, happy endings still exist.
A 101-year-old Italian man was recently released from hospital after making a full recovery from COVID-19, according to Gloria Lisi, deputy mayor of Rimini, Italy.
The man, only referred to as “Mr. P,” left a Rimini hospital on Thursday after being admitted a week ago, CNN reports.
“The family brought him home yesterday evening,” Lisi told Italian publication Rimini Today. “To teach us that even at 101 years, the future is not written.”
His quick recovery has been deemed “truly extraordinary,” Lisi said, and gives “hope for the future.”
Not only did he survive the novel coronavirus disease, the man, born in 1919, also survived the Spanish flu pandemic, which killed between 20 and 50 million people around the world.
Italy has been brutally hit by COVID-19, with more than 86,000 confirmed cases as of Friday.
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As of Thursday, Rimini registered 1,189 cases of the virus, according to the Italian Civil Protection Department.
Though the European country has been suffering under the pressure of the virus outbreak, it’s also seen some upsides.
With the countrywide lockdowns has come a positive environmental impact: the Venice canal has run clear for the first time in years.
A typical March would see nearly 700,000 people arrive in Venice on cruise ships or otherwise, the South China Morning Post reports.