Most of Covid-19 deaths in Aug. arose from infections earlier in the month: Ong Ye Kung

Higher number of cases and fewer people were vaccinated back then.

Ashley Tan | August 24, 2021, 06:20 PM

Health Minister Ong Ye Kung has taken to Facebook to address the recent spate of Covid-19-related deaths in Aug. 2021.

Thus far, as of Aug. 24, there have been 13 deaths since the start of the month.

Chart from MOH

The most recent death was on Aug. 23, involving an 86-year-old female Singaporean who was unvaccinated.

She also had a history of cancer and hypertension.

Infections occurred earlier in the month

On Aug. 23, Ong explained that most of the deaths arose from infections that occurred earlier in the month.

This was shown through a chart that the Ministry of Health (MOH) plotted, which showed the dates these cases tested positive, instead of the dates they passed away on.

Back then, there was a higher number of daily cases and fewer people were vaccinated, Ong said.

11 out of the 12 patients who passed away as of Aug. 23 were not fully vaccinated. Majority of the patients who passed away are also seniors who had a history of medical issues.

Ong emphasised the importance of getting vaccinated, especially for the more vulnerable seniors who have greater chances of falling sick and being hospitalised should they contract Covid-19.

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