- The unnamed 103-year-old had been hospitalised in the central city of Semnan
- The hospital said she was discharged ‘after making a full recovery’
- Iran has been one of the countries hardest hit by COVID-19 with almost 1,000 deaths
A 103-year-old woman in Iran has recovered after being infected with the new coronavirus, state media reported yesterday, despite overwhelming evidence the elderly are most at risk from the disease.
The unnamed woman had been hospitalised in the central city of Semnan for about a week, IRNA news agency said.
But she was ‘discharged after making a complete recovery’, Semnan University of Medical Sciences head Navid Danayi was quoted as saying by IRNA late Tuesday.
The unnamed 103-year-old woman (not pictured) was ‘discharged after making a complete recovery’, according to Iranian state media
The woman was the second elderly patient in Iran to have survived the disease.
The other was a 91-year-old man from Kerman, in the southeast of Iran, the news agency said.
After being sick for three days, he recovered on Monday despite having pre-existing medical conditions including high blood pressure and asthma, it added.
The report did not say how the pair were treated.
Since Iran announced its first deaths on 19 February, the novel coronavirus has spread to all of the country’s 31 provinces and killed nearly 1,000 people.
The elderly are the most vulnerable to the disease, which first emerged in China late last year.
It comes as Iran said its novel coronavirus death toll surpassed 1,000 on Wednesday as President Hassan Rouhani defended the response of his administration, which has yet to impose a lockdown.
The COVID-19 outbreak in sanctions-hit Iran is one of the deadliest for any country outside China, where the disease originated.
The virus has now killed 1,135 people in Iran out of 17,361 cases of infection based on official figures.
Iran’s President has closed schools and universities until early April and also four key Shiite pilgrimage sites, including the Fatima Masumeh shrine in Qom.
Iran has also discouraged travel, cancelled the main weekly Friday prayers and temporarily closed parliament.
The World Health Organization this month estimated the novel coronavirus kills 3.4 per cent of all those infected.
But for people aged over 80 the fatality rate was 21.9 per cent, according to a report the WHO carried out with the Chinese authorities.