The family of COVID-19’s third fatality in Singapore thanked fellow Singaporeans for their well wishes, following the news of the passing on Sunday (29 March).
“We thank you for your well wishes. It is unfortunate that my dad has succumbed to Covid19, after his 30 days of battle in SGH. Our 70 year old dad had put on a good and ferocious fight, in his combat against this deadly virus. Daddy Chung has led a good life. He is always our benevolent father, who has always loved and protected his family with his very best. In spirit, he will always be connected to us, in this generation and the next.”, wrote Ms Ashley Chung, the deceased’s daughter on her Facebook page.
Ministry of Health has earlier confirmed that a patient had passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection on Sunday at 12.12pm.
Mr Chung, who was identified as case 109 matched the details of MOH’s announcement of the deceased.
He was a 70 year-old male Singapore Citizen with no recent travel history to affected countries and regions. He has also not been linked with any previous case of confirmed cases till date.
The family through their daughter’s Facebook post, also expressed their thanks to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for his condolences to the family and the medical team in Singapore General Hospital (SGH) for tirelessly looking after Mr Chung.
It was earlier said that Mr Chung who had been working as a dishwasher in a Japanese Restaurant, sought treatment at a general practitioner (GP) clinic on 27 February.
He was then admitted to SGH on 29 February, and was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 2 March and announced as an confirmed case on 3 March.
He had been cared for in the intensive care unit (ICU) since then. He developed serious complications and eventually succumbed to the infection after 27 days in the ICU.
It is said that Mr Chung had a history of hypertension and hyperlipidaemia.
In her Facebook posting, Ms Chung also took the opportunity to remind all Singaporeans to be socially responsible.
She note, “Our dad did not travel to affected countries or clusters. How he was infected, is still a mystery to my family. Let us remember Daddy Chung by being socially responsible. Another loss due to socially irresponsible behaviour can be avoided! Let us do our part!”
As of 28 March 2020, 12 pm, there are 802 cases of confirmed COVID-19 infection in Singapore. Of the 420 confirmed cases who are still in the hospital, most are stable or improving. 19 are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.