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114-year-old survives coronavirus

By AFP | June 29th 2020 at 01:30:02 GMT +0300

An Ethiopian Orthodox monk whose family says he is 114 years old has survived the coronavirus. People over the age of 80 are considered to be among the most vulnerable if they catch the virus.

Tilahun Woldemichael (pictured) was discharged from a hospital on Thursday after almost three weeks.

He received oxygen and dexamethasone, a cheap and widely available steroid that researchers in England have said reduced deaths by up to one third in severely ill hospitalized patients.

Ethiopia’s health minister has said the ministry recommends the emergency use of the drug for Covid-19 patients who require ventilation or oxygen.

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Tilahun’s grandson Biniam Leulseged said he has no birth certificate to prove the monk’s age, but he showed a photo of him celebrating his 100th birthday.

“He was looking young back then, too,” Biniam said.

He said he was emotional when his grandfather was taken to the hospital but “I am very happy because we are together again.”

Ethiopia has more than 5,200 confirmed cases of the virus.

Ethiopia, which has strict virus restrictions, has recorded more than 5,000 confirmed cases and 81 deaths.


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