A 79-year-old Italian man has recovered from COVID-19 after taking an experimental drug originally designed to treat ebola, giving hope that it could help cure the virus.

The President of Italy’s Liguria region Giovanni Toti described it as “the first real case of coronavirus cured.”

The coronavirus outbreak in Italy has now taken over 3,400 lives, making it the world’s deadliest.

The drug, titled Remdesivir, is now being tested in five coronavirus clinical trials. The trials include 13 patients who were hospitalised after contracting the virus on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.

The drug isn’t a confirmed cure, but it as medical experts race to find the answer, it certainly gives us hope.

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