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105-year-old Patna woman wins battle against COVID-19

The woman along with her family had tested positive for COVID-19 on April 11.

April 27, 2021 / 04:16 PM IST
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A 105-year-old woman from Patna defeated COVID-19 in just 11 days with home isolation. The women along with her family had tested positive for COVID-19 on April 11, News18 has reported.

Dr. DN Akela, 68, resident of Ashiana Nagar, Patna, with his 105-year-old mother and 61-year-old wife tested postitve on April 11. The daily also reported that the entire family had taken both the doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

The family immediately isolated themselves and began taking medicines given without panic. On April 22, the report of the whole family came negative.

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The 105-year-old Demanti Devi said that she had fever and throat problems but now she is feeling fine.


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However, Demanti Devi is not the only elderly women to recover from coronavirus. Last year, a 105-year-old woman from Karnataka on September 13 recovered from COVID-19 who isolated at home and refused to get hospitalised. Also, a 110-year-old Kerala women Randathani Variath Pathu, recovered from COVID-19 last year in August. She became the oldest to recover from COVID-19 in the state. The 105-year-old Asma Beevi, a Kollam native, was discharged after recovering from the disease, in July. Asma Beevi who also had other age-related ailments was monitored by a special medical board.

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Meanwhile, Bihar reported a total of 11,801 new COVID-19 cases on Monday escalating the virus caseload to 4,15,397, with capital Patna being worst-hit in the state, health department bulletin said.

The state saw 67 fresh casualties, taking the COVID-19 death toll to 2222, it said. Among the new cases, Patna's share was a maximum of 2,720, while Saran had 568 infections, West Champaran (460), Saharsa (433), and Purnea (384).

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first published: Apr 27, 2021 04:16 pm
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