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BREAKING: Singapore confirms first COVID-19 deaths, including one Indonesian patient

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 21, 2020   /   11:29 am
BREAKING: Singapore confirms first COVID-19 deaths, including one Indonesian patient Breaking News (TJP/File)

The Singaporean Ministry of Health reported the country’s first deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday morning, including an Indonesian national.

Case 212 was a 64-year-old Indonesian man who had been admitted in critical condition to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases’ (NCID) intensive care unit on March 13, after arriving from Indonesia on the same day.

He tested positive for COVID-19 the next day.

“He developed serious complications and eventually succumbed to the infection after nine days in the ICU on March 21 at 10.15 a.m.,” the ministry wrote in a statement.

The ministry added that the patient had been hospitalized in Indonesia for pneumonia prior to his arrival in Singapore. He also had a history of heart disease.

The other patient was a 75-year-old Singaporean woman who had tested positive for COVID-19 after being admitted to the NCID’s ICU on Feb. 23. The patient developed serious complications and eventually succumbed to the infection.

The ministry said she had a history of chronic heart disease and hypertension.

“We are deeply saddened by their passing. Our thoughts are with their families during this difficult time. We will render all necessary assistance to their families,” said Singapore Minister for Health Gan Kim Yong.

The Singaporean Health Ministry has confirmed that as of Saturday there were 385 COVID-19-positive cases in the country, 254 of which were active cases. Sixteen patients were in critical condition in hospitals, while 131 cases had been discharged from hospital. (kuk)

Editor’s note: An earlier version of the article misquoted the number of COVID-19-positive cases in Singapore. We have corrected the figure. We regret the error.