World’s second-oldest person beats COVID-19 at age 116



The oldest person in Europe, also the second oldest person in the world, Lucile Randon, who took the name of Sister Andre after becoming a nun in 1944, tested positive for COVID-19 on January 16, developing no symptoms.

“I didn’t even realize I had it,” she told reporters.

After testing positive, Sister Andre isolated herself from the residents in her retirement home in Toulon, southern France, and is now considered having recovered.

She is also looking forward to celebrating her birthday on Thursday.

“She has been very lucky,” David Travella, spokesperson for the Sainte Catherine Labouré retirement home, told Var Martin newspaper.

“She didn’t ask me about her health, but about her habits. For example, she wanted to know if the meal or bedtime schedules would change. She showed no fear of the disease. She was very concerned about the other residents,” Travella added.

Sister Andre was born on February 11, 1904.

Being Europe’s oldest person, she is also the second-oldest living person in the world, according to the Gerontology Research Group’s (GRG) World Supercentenarian Rankings List.

(Edited by Mandeep Joshi)


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