Wednesday, 20 Jan 2021

68-year-old S'porean man dies of Covid-19 complications, 29th such death in S'pore

SINGAPORE – A 68-year-old man, who had a history of hypertension and heart disease, has died from complications due to Covid-19, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Saturday (Nov 28). He is the 29th patient to die from the virus here.

The Singaporean had travelled to Indonesia on March 10 for work, and returned to Singapore on Nov 17. He was admitted to a hospital upon arrival.

He was confirmed to have Covid-19 infection on Nov 18, and had a past history of hypertension and heart disease.

The National University Hospital has reached out to his family and is extending assistance to them.

Six new coronavirus cases were announced by MOH on Saturday, including a locally transmitted community case.

The local case – a woman – was detected from its surveillance testing of stallholders in and near Tekka Centre on Thursday.

She is a Singaporean who is a stallholder selling mutton at Tekka Market and is asymptomatic.

The woman works with a co-worker at her stall at Tekka Market, and stays at Yishun Street 22 with her husband, who has been working at Mustafa Centre for the past few years. She regularly visits her children who stay at Bishan Street 13 and Tampines Street 86. 

MOH said that all her identified close contacts, including her family members and co-worker, have been isolated and placed on quarantine. They will be tested at the start and end of their quarantine period so that any asymptomatic cases can be detected.

The ministry will also conduct serological tests on her household and family contacts to determine if she could have been infected by them.

The remaining five new cases announced yesterday are all imported, and were placed on stay-home notice on arrival in Singapore.

There were no new cases from workers’ dormitories, said MOH.

The woman’s case is the second local case in 19 days.

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Singapore had gone 16 days without a locally transmitted case until Thursday, when a 32-year-old Singaporean marine service engineer, who had dinner with 12 family members at Seoul Garden in Tampines Mall, was announced to have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Saturday’s new cases take Singapore’s total to 58,205.

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