Coronavirus: First patient to die in Singapore was from Life Church and Missions sub-cluster

The Ace Building along Paya Lebar Road, where The Life Church and Missions Singapore is located. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The 75 year-old Singaporean woman who became the first patient to die of Covid-19 was linked to the cluster at The Life Church and Missions Singapore.

Known as Case 90, she had no recent travel history to China, a Health Ministry statement on Feb 24 had said.

She had reported the onset of symptoms on Feb 9 and sought treatment at a general practitioner's clinic that day, as well as on Feb 17 and Feb 23.

She was taken in an ambulance to the emergency department of Tan Tock Seng Hospital on Feb 23 and immediately isolated.

Subsequent test results confirmed Covid-19 infection that afternoon. She was warded at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases and died at 7.52am on Saturday (March 21).

A statement said she had a history of chronic heart disease and hypertension.

In a statement by her church, it said it had received the news of her death.

"As this is one of the first Covid-19 deaths in Singapore, we are not sure what can or cannot be done with regard to the funeral arrangements," her church said.

"Her family would make the final decision on the funeral details, as besides our church, her family member attending another church may also seek the assistance of their own church to plan the funeral."

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Prior to being admitted to hospital, she had kept mostly to her home in Bishan Street 12, a ministry statement had said earlier.

The woman is linked to the second largest virus cluster in Singapore, with 33 patients and which comprises two church sub-clusters.

One of them, the Grace Assembly of God church, has 23 patients, including the church's senior pastor.

The Life Church and Missions Singapore, which the 75-year-old woman was linked to, has 10 patients. This church is in Paya Lebar.

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