SINGAPORE – A 72-year-old female Singaporean with COVID-19 infection has died and the cause of death is intracerebral haemorrhage, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Friday (17 July).
The woman (Case 47229), reported as a community case in the ministry’s Friday evening tally of cases, had been conveyed to the National University Hospital’s emergency department on Wednesday for “reasons not related to COVID-19”, the MOH said. She had a history of diabetes mellitus.
She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on Thursday after her death.
The ministry added that epidemiological investigations of the case is in progress. “In the meantime, all the identified close contacts of the case have been isolated and placed on quarantine, and will be tested at the start and end of their quarantine period so that we can detect asymptomatic cases. We will also conduct serological tests for the household contacts.”
With the woman’s death, there is now a total of 15 cases who tested positive for the virus but were determined to have died from unrelated causes.
“Only cases where the attending doctor or pathologist attributes the primary or underlying cause of death as due to COVID-19 infection will be added to the COVID-19 death count,” said the MOH, adding that the method of assessment is consistent with international practices for classifying deaths.
The MOH also confirmed 327 new COVID-19 cases as of Friday afternoon, bringing the total to 47,453.
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