COVID-19: French nun – world’s second-oldest person – to celebrate 117th birthday after beating coronavirus

The world’s second-oldest person, a nun born 10 years before the start of the First World War, has survived coronavirus.

Lucile Randon, who turns 117 on Thursday, tested positive in mid-January in the French city of Toulon.

She was isolated from others in her care home but didn’t display symptoms and says she didn’t even know she had the virus.

Three weeks later, the nun – known as Sister Andre – is looking forward to quietly celebrating yet another birthday.

She told French media she wasn’t afraid when she had COVID.

“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 – join my big brother and my grandfather and my grandmother,” she told BFMTV.

A spokesman for her care home said Sister Andre – who’s blind and uses a wheelchair – wasn’t fazed when she found out about her diagnosis.

“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,” David Tavella told the Var-Matin newspaper.

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

Nearly all of the care home’s residents have tested positive for coronavirus and 10 have died.

Sister Andre was born on 11 February 1904.

According to the Gerontology Research Group, which validates the ages of people over 100, she is the oldest person in Europe and second in the world behind Japan’s Kane Tanaka, who’s 118.

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