Besides the rise in daily Covid-19 case numbers, the many fatalities involving seniors in Singapore who were not fully vaccinated have been concerning too.
On Tuesday (21 Sep), the Ministry of Health (MOH) reported the passing of 3 elderly Singaporeans aged above 60.
In its update on Tuesday (21 Sep), MOH reported 1,178 new Covid-19 cases and 3 deaths involving seniors who had succumbed to Covid-19 complications.
The youngest of the 3 fatalities was a 62-year-old Singaporean woman, Case 66111, who tested positive on 23 Jul.
She was hospitalised at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital the following day. Unfortunately, after battling the virus for about 2 months, she passed away on 20 Sep.
She had a history of high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol. The patient had not received her vaccine.
The second casualty was a 74-year-old Singaporean man, who was Case 72610.
He had tested negative upon admission to Tan Tock Seng Hospital on 31 Aug for a separate condition. However, results for a subsequent test on 9 Sep came back positive.
The 74-year-old, who was partially vaccinated, suffered from several underlying medical conditions:
He passed away on Sunday (19 Sep).
The last and oldest causality was an 83-year-old Singaporean man who was Case 76425.
The senior experienced symptoms earlier this month which led to his admission to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital on 15 Sep. He tested positive later that day.
Despite being fully vaccinated, he succumbed to complications arising from Covid-19 on 20 Sep. His history of medical conditions included:
MOH cited the above conditions as well as his old age for making him more prone to severe illness.
In total, 65 people in Singapore have passed away from Covid-19 complications as of 21 Sep.
The number of severely ill cases continues to rise, with 164 requiring oxygen supplementation or ICU care as of 22 Sep.
Cases requiring oxygen supplementation make up the majority.
The number of ICU patients, meanwhile, has been falling steadily since 19 Sep.
A new cluster has also emerged at LearnJoy Education Centre, a tuition centre in Bedok.
Among the 10 cases in the cluster, 9 involve students at the centre. The remaining case is a staff member.
The other clusters that MOH is monitoring saw slow but stable growth, with the cluster at Blue Stars Dormitory recording the largest daily increase with 10 new cases.
As the number of cases continues to climb, family members of the elderly or other vulnerable groups may start worrying about their health.
While the authorities are gradually rolling out booster shots to help them, the rest of us can do our part too.
If you live in the same household as them, refrain from socialising regularly or with multiple groups. This will reduce the risk of exposure and transmission greatly.
Let’s all do what we can to keep the virus at bay, so we can overcome this pandemic once and for all.
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