COVID-19: 99-Year-Old World War II Veteran Recovers From Coronavirus

Ermando Piveta, a 99-year-old World War II veteran in Brazil has beaten the coronavirus after getting infected.

COVID-19: 99-Year-Old World War II Veteran Recovers From Coronavirus
Brazilian 99-year-old former WWII combatant Ermando Armelino Piveta, gestures as leaves the Armed Forces Hospital in Brasilia, after being treated for the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and discharged, on April 14, 2020. – Piveta was admitted to hospital on April 6 and treated at the hospital’s ?COVID Ward?, reserved for positive cases of the disease. (Photo by EVARISTO SA / AFP)

The war veteran was released from hospital with military honors Tuesday after recovering from COVID-19.

According to the Agence France Presse, AFP, Second Lieutenant Ermando Piveta, who served in the Brazilian artillery in Africa during World War II, was brought out of the Armed Forces Hospital in Brasilia to a burst of trumpet music and applause.

Wearing an army-green side cap, he raised his arms in the air as he left the hospital after eight days as a patient.

“He won another battle, this time against the new coronavirus. He was released from hospital the same day Brazil is commemorating the 75th anniversary of its troops’ successful campaign in the Battle of Montese in Italy during World War II,” the army said in a statement.

Piveta served in the army’s fourth artillery regiment, which trained in Dakar in 1942, soon after Brazil entered the war on the side of the Allies, the army said.

He then returned to Brazil with his regiment to defend the country from an Axis invasion that never came to be.

READ ALSO: Around 2 Million People Worldwide Have Contracted The Novel Coronavirus

Brazil is the hardest-hit country in Latin America in the coronavirus pandemic, with 1,532 deaths so far.

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