A 90-year-old Singapore man, who is fully vaccinated, has died from COVID-19 complications on Tuesday (17 August), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.
The senior citizen had a history of chronic kidney disease and hypertension, and became the eight person to have died due to COVID-19 complications in this month alone.
The man’s death also marks Singapore’s first fatality involving a fully vaccinated individual.
The Singaporean first developed symptoms on 29 July and was tested positive for COVID-19 three days later (1 August) as part of community surveillance testing.
However, on 2 August he had shortness of breath and giddiness. He was then taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital where he was straight brought to the intensive care unit for septic shock from COVID-19 pneumonia.
He had received both doses of COVID-19 vaccine but was advanced in age and had a history of chronic kidney disease and hypertension, said MOH in its daily update.
As of 17 August, 45 people have lost their lives due to complications arising from COVID-19 infection.
In August alone, eight individuals have died so far.
Earlier (13 August), an 84-year-old Singaporean man died from complications due to COVID-19. “He had not been vaccinated against COVID-19, and had a history of cancer, ischaemic heart disease, diabetes mellitus, hypertension and hyperlipidaemia,” said MOH.
Prior to that, a 34-year-old Ukrainian man died on 1 August, a 58-year-old Singaporean woman died on 2 August, a 79-year-old Singaporean man who had not been vaccinated and had several underlying health passed away on 4 August, a 63-year-old Singaporean man died on 5 August, an 80-year-old Singaporean died on 7 August and a 69-year-old Singaporean man passed away 11 August.
Currently, 404 patients are hospitalised due to COVID-19, and most of them are well and under observation, said MOH.
Of them, 30 require oxygen supplementation, while six are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
Of the critically ill, 31 are seniors aged above 60, and of them, 25 are completely unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.
The article is edited to reflect the correct number of deaths due to COVID-19 in August 2021.