‘Bigger than winning the war’: WWII vet, aged 99, survives coronavirus in Brazil

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World War Two veteran Ermando Piveta, aged 99, became the oldest Brazilian to recover from the coronavirus on Tuesday.

Wearing an army cap and saluting from his wheelchair, Piveta left the Armed Forces Hospital in Brasilia to an ovation from medical staff and a soldier’s trumpet homage.

“Winning this battle was for me bigger than winning the war,” he said of his fight against an invisible enemy. “In war you kill or live. Here you have to fight to live,” he added.

Piveta was a second lieutenant in the Brazilian Army forces during World War Two and served in Africa.

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