“How He Was Infected, Is Still a Mystery to My Family”, Says Daughter of Man Who Died From COVID-19

Nikki De Guzman

The daughter of a Singaporean man who died from COVID-19 took to Facebook to remind Singaporeans to be “socially responsible.”

Her father—identified as Case 109—died at 12:12pm from complications due to COVID-19.

The 70-year-old man, who was previously identified by his family as Mr Chung Ah Lay, was admitted to Singapore General Hospital (SGH) on 29 February and was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 2 March.

Mr Chung had been in the intensive care unit (ICU) since then, according to the Ministry of Health (MOH).

The MOH said the patient developed serious complications due to the virus and because he had a history of hypertension and hyperlipidaemia. He eventually succumbed to the infection after 27 days in the ICU.

Daughter of Man Who Died from COVID-19 thanks SGH Medical Team, PM Lee

Mr Chung’s daughter Ashley Chung, in a Facebook post on Sunday said: ” 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.”

She thanked the medical team at SGH for “tirelessly looking after my dad.” She also thanked her fellow Singaporeans and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong who extended his condolences to the Chung family.”

On Sunday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong wrote on Facebook that he had heard about the death, and expressed his “deepest sympathies” to the family.

PM Lee’s Facebook post on Sunday (29 March) extending his condolences to the family of man who died from COVID-19. | Image source: Screenshot / Facebook

“Keeping a safe physical distance apart should not mean social isolation. Give your friends and family a call, and continue supporting one another during this period,” said Mr Lee.

No Travel History or Link to Any Cluster

Ms Chung also reminded Singaporeans to be “socially responsible”, and said: “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!” she added.

It has been reported that Mr Chung had the onset of symptoms on 25 February, and sought treatment at a general practitioner clinic on 27 and 28 February.

Man Who Died Of COVID-19

Ms Ashley Chung’s—daughter of man who died from COVID-19 on Sunday—took to Facebook to remind Singaporeans to be “socially responsible.” | Image Source: Screenshot / Facebook

Mr Chung was the third death in Singapore linked to the global pandemic. The first two deaths were reported on 21 March, were a 75-year-old Singaporean woman and a 64-year-old Indonesian man succumbed to the virus due to complications.

On Sunday, the republic reported 42 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the total number of cases in the country to 844.

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