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84-year-old woman dies from COVID-19 problems; 13 new community cases in Singapore


SINGAPORE: An 84-year-old Singaporean woman died on Saturday (Jun 26) from complications due to COVID-19, becoming the 36th fatality in Singapore.

The woman was not vaccinated against COVID-19, and had a history of cancer, hypertension and hyperlipidaemia, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.

Identified as Case 64255, the woman’s infection was detected on Jun 15 through community surveillance testing for visitors to Blocks 115 and 116 Bukit Merah View.

She was part of a cluster of eight cases linked to Case 64264, a 32-year-old Indonesian foreign domestic worker.

The National Centre for Infectious Diseases has reached out to her family and is extending assistance to them, said MOH.

Singapore reported 13 new COVID-19 infections in the community as of noon on Saturday, including four with no links to previous cases.

Nine infections were linked to previous cases. Five of them had been placed in quarantine earlier and four were detected through surveillance testing, said MOH.

There were also four imported cases, who were all placed on stay-home notice upon their arrival in Singapore. Three of them were returning Singaporeans or permanent residents.

No new infections were reported in migrant workers’ dormitories.

In all, Singapore reported 17 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday.

COLLECTION OF SELF TEST KITS FOR SOME RESIDENTS IN BUKIT MERAH, REDHILL 

From Saturday to Sunday, residents of specific blocks in the Bukit Merah/Redhill region can collect antigen rapid test (ART) kits at their nearest residents’ committee centre.

This was an added layer of ringfencing to help identify cases and prevent further transmission in the area, said MOH on Friday. 

The ministry added that it was investigating multiple cases of COVID-19 infection among individuals who reside, work in or visited the area.

Separately, MOH said that all residents of 66 Eng Watt Street will undergo mandatory testing for COVID-19 after 13 cases were detected there.

As of Saturday, Singapore has reported a total of 62,530 COVID-19 cases and 36 deaths.

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