According to media reports, Singapore reported its first death due to COVID-19 complications in over a month as an 88-year-old woman passed away at a hospital.
The last COVID-19 death in Singapore was reported on March 13, when a 61-year-old man died from complications due to the infection. With her death, the coronavirus fatality count rose to 31 in Singapore, which reported 34 new infections on Saturday.
The woman was admitted to Ward 9D of Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) on April 14 and was confirmed to have COVID-19 on April 28.
The woman had a history of cancer, hypertension, congestive cardiac failure, stroke and hyperlipidaemia, the Singapore Health Ministry said. Eight other patients from Ward 9D of the hospital had also contracted COVID-19.
A patient from Ward 9C tested positive for the virus. Two doctors, a healthcare assistant trainee and a cleaner at the hospital also contracted the infection.
The hospital currently has 1,100 patients and 4,500 staff members, all of whom will be tested, the hospital CEO Eugene Soh stated.
Among the new cases announced over the weekend is a 19-year-old permanent resident studying at Singapore Management University (SMU). She had arrived from India on December 28.
She has been attending classes virtually, except for a visit to the university on April 21. Singapore has so far reported 61,179 cases, 60,765 which have recovered and discharged from hospital.