Europe’s oldest person defeats Covid and plans to celebrate 117th birthday

Europe's oldest person has beaten coronavirus just days before turning 117-years-old.

Lucile Randon, who became Sister Andre in 1944, isolated from other care home residents last month after testing positive for Covid-19 on January 16.

Remarkably the French nun did not develop symptoms and told local media she "didn't even realise I had it".

Sister Andre has now recovered at her retirement home in Toulon, southern France, getting the all-clear in time for her birthday on Thursday, BBC News reports.

Celebrations however might not be as large as they would have been were a global pandemic not an obstacle to social gatherings.

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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.

David Tavella, a spokesman for the Sainte Catherine Labouré retirement home, where Sister Andre lives, told Var Matin newspaper: "She has been very lucky.

"She didn't ask me about her health, but about her habits.

"For example, she wanted to know if meal or bedtime schedules would change.

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

Sister Andre who is now blind and uses a wheelchair was born on February 11 1904, which makes her the second-oldest living person in the world, according to the Gerontology Research Group's (GRG) World Supercentenarian Rankings List.

When asked by French broadcaster BFM if she was scared of having Covid, Sister Andre said: "No, I wasn't scared, because I wasn't scared to die.

"I'm happy to be with you, but I would wish to be somewhere else – to join my big brother, and my grandfather and my grandmother."

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