A woman in northern Italy who is due to turn 104 in August has successfully beaten off the COVID-19 disease caused by the coronavirus, Italian daily La Repubblica reports.

Ada Zanusso fell ill in early March in the Residenza Maria Grazia, a nursing home in the north-western province of Biella, about 100 kilometres west of Milan.

In the same nursing home, 21 other residents succumbed to the coronavirus, La Repubblica said.

“Someone up there forgot about me,” the paper quoted Zanusso as saying.

According to her son Giampiero, who keeps in touch via video calls, “she still reads without glasses, she’s curious, she always wants to know what we are doing.”