May 14, 2020

By Andy Johnson

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113-year-old woman, who is believed to be the oldest woman in Spain, has recovered from a COVID-19 infection.

Maria Branyas was diagnosed with COViD-19 after the country went into lockdown in March, but after weeks in isolation, she has recovered having suffered only mild symptoms.

That means she has lived through the flu pandemic of 1918-19, the 1936-39 Spanish Civil War and the coronavirus.

Branyas was born in Mexico in 1907.  She moved north to San Francisco two years later and arrived Spain during World War I with her father, a Spanish journalist.

She raised three children, one of whom recently turned 86.  She has 11 grandchildren, the oldest of whom is 60, and 13 great-grandchildren.

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