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4-year-old girl dies from COVID-19; second patient under 12 to die of the disease in Singapore

The four-year-old girl was previously well and had no past medical history before she died of COVID-19, said the Health Ministry.

4-year-old girl dies from COVID-19; second patient under 12 to die of the disease in Singapore
A four-year-old girl is the second child in Singapore to die of COVID-19. She had no past medical history and was previously well, the Ministry of Health said. (File photo: AFP/Fred Tanneau)

SINGAPORE: A four-year-old girl died of COVID-19 in Singapore on Sunday (Jul 17), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Tuesday.

She is the second patient under 12 to die of the disease in Singapore. The Singaporean girl had no past medical history and was previously well, said MOH in response to CNA's queries.

She developed symptoms of an upper respiratory tract infection and fever last Friday and tested positive for COVID-19 using an antigen rapid test (ART) on Sunday at a general practitioner clinic.

The girl was prescribed medication for her symptoms but remained unwell. She collapsed on Sunday night.

The cause of death was determined by the state coroner to be COVID-19 pneumonia, the ministry said.

"Children are generally more resilient to COVID-19 infections than adults and the elderly. Notwithstanding, COVID-19 infections can result in severe disease amongst children," MOH added.

MOH, the Health Sciences Authority and the Expert Committee on COVID-19 Vaccination are studying the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines that have been formulated for young children under the age of five.

Currently, children aged five and above are eligible for the primary vaccination series. Those aged 12 and above who have completed their primary vaccination series are eligible for the first booster shot.

On Jun 27, a one-and-a-half-year-old Singaporean boy died of COVID-19, the first coronavirus death in a patient under 12 in Singapore. The cause of his death was encephalitis due to COVID-19, respiratory syncytial virus and enterovirus infections. 

He had no other past medical history and was previously well, said MOH last month.

As of noon on Monday, Singapore reported 6,227 new COVID-19 cases, of whom 5,978 were local cases. Four deaths were recorded.

A total of 810 people were in hospital, with 78 requiring oxygen supplementation and 16 in the intensive care unit.

The week-on-week infection ratio was 1.08. A number above 1 indicates that the number of new weekly COVID-19 cases is rising.

About 93 per cent of the total population in Singapore have completed their full vaccination regimen, and 78 per cent have received booster shots. 

On Jul 5, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said Singapore was "near the peak, if not at the peak" of the current Omicron wave. At that time, about 50 per cent of infections were from the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants, he said in Parliament.

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Source: CNA/rc(mi/zl)
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