Europe’s oldest person survives COVID just before 117th birthday

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

Lucile Randon, who took the name of Sister Andre in 1944, tested positive for coronavirus on January 16 but didn’t have any symptoms.

She said she didn’t even realize she had it. She isolated separately from other residents in her retirement home in Toulon, southern France, but is now considered fully recovered.

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

Sister Andre was born on February 11, 1904. As well as being Europe’s oldest person, she is also the second-oldest living person in the world, according to the Gerontology Research Group’s World Supercentenarian Rankings List.

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

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