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Singapore (VNA) – Singaporean Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on March 21 confirmed two persons died from the acute respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) in the country due to complications.

A 75-year-old Singaporean woman with a history of chronic heart disease and hypertension died at 7.52am.

She had been admitted to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) on February 23 for pneumonia and was confirmed positive for SARS-CoV-2 on the same day.

The patient had been in the intensive care unit (ICU) and developed serious complications. She died after 26 days in ICU.

The second death case is a 64-year-old Indonesian national who was admitted in critical condition to intensive care at NCID on March 13, after arriving in Singapore from Indonesia on the same day. He tested positive for the virus in the next day.

Previously, the man had been hospitalised in Indonesia for pneumonia and had a history of heart disease.

The Singaporean Ministry of Health and the NCID have provided necessary support for the patients’ relatives.

Minister Gan has called on the people to strictly implement countermeasures recommended by the Government to effectively prevent the spread of the disease./.