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70-year-old man who was a patient at Tan Tock Seng Hospital dies from COVID-19 complications

70-year-old man who was a patient at Tan Tock Seng Hospital dies from COVID-19 complications

Hospital staff members walking towards Tan Tock Seng Hospital's Accident and Emergency (A&E) department on Apr 30, 2021. (Photo: Calvin Oh)

SINGAPORE: A 70-year-old man linked to the cluster at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) has died from complications related to COVID-19, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Thursday (May 20).

The Singaporean man identified as Case 62687 is Singapore's 32nd fatality from the disease and the first since May 1.

He had a history of lung cancer and atrial fibrillation, and had been staying in Ward 9D since Apr 22. His COVID-19 infection was confirmed on Apr 30, MOH said.

The man had not been vaccinated against COVID-19.

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

TTSH said in a Facebook post that the man had advanced cancer and been admitted to the hospital for palliative care management.

"His condition deteriorated over the last few days despite treatment for his infection and underlying medical conditions," the hospital said.

"Throughout his time with us, our doctors and palliative care team were in close contact with his family to lend them our full support. Our deepest condolences to his loved ones," it added.

READ: COVID-19: Staff placed on leave of absence, 4 wards locked down as Tan Tock Seng Hospital moves to contain cluster

READ: TTSH cluster: 88-year-old woman dies from COVID-19 complications

The last time a COVID-19 fatality was recorded in Singapore was on May 1, when an 88-year-old woman who was also part of the cluster at Tan Tock Seng Hospital died from complications related to COVID-19.

The Singaporean woman, known as Case 62573, had a history of cancer, hypertension, congestive cardiac failure, stroke and hyperlipidaemia.

She had been staying in Ward 9D since Apr 14 and was confirmed to have COVID-19 on Apr 28.

The TTSH cluster, Singapore's first in a hospital, is currently the country's second-largest cluster at 46 cases.

The most recent case in the cluster - Case 63248, a 80-year-old Singaporean woman warded in Ward 9D since Apr 5 - was linked to the cluster on May 14.

Singapore reported 27 new COVID-19 cases in the community on Thursday, with another 14 infections which were imported. 

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Source: CNA/nh

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