Despite the overwhelming evidence that elderly are most at risk from the coronavirus, a 103 year old woman in Iran has reportedly recovered after being infected with the virus.
The unnamed woman had been hospitalised in the central city of Semnan for about a week, reports the Iranian state Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).
Semnan University of Medical Sciences head Navid Danayi on Tuesday said that she was "discharged after making a complete recovery."
The woman was the second elderly patient in Iran to have survived the disease. Earlier, a 91-year-old man from Kerman, in the southeast of Iran also survived the disease after being infected. After being sick for three days, he recovered on Monday despite having pre-existing medical conditions including high blood pressure and asthma.
However, the agency did not say how the two elderly were treated.
Iran announced its first deaths on February 19. 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.
According to an estimation by World Health Organization (WHO) the novel coronavirus kills 3.4 percent of all those infected.
The WHO report carried out with the Chinese authorities stated that for people aged over 80 the fatality rate was 21.9 percent.