The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed that a four-year-old girl died of COVID-19 on Sunday, 17 Jul 2022. She is the second paediatric patient under 12 years old to die of the disease in Singapore.
Responding to queries by CNA, MOH explained that the girl had no past medical history and was previously well.
Tested Positive on 15 Jul; Collapsed Two Days Later
She developed symptoms of an upper respiratory tract infection and fever last Friday, 15 Jul, and tested positive for COVID-19 using an antigen rapid test (ART) on Sunday at a general practitioner clinic.
The state coroner has determined that the cause of death was pneumonia brought about by COVID-19, the ministry said.
MOH added, “Children are generally more resilient to COVID-19 infections than adults and the elderly. Notwithstanding, COVID-19 infections can result in severe disease amongst children.”
First Case of COVID-19 Paediatric Death Reported Last Month
On 27 Jun 2022, a Singaporean boy who had COVID-19 passed away from the disease. He was one-and-a-half years old. He was Singapore’s first death caused by COVID-19 in a patient aged below 12 years old.
The cause of death was Encephalitis (brain inflammation) due to COVID-19, Respiratory Syncytial Virus and Enterovirus infections.
The boy also had no other past medical history and was previously well.
Vaccinate Your Children
Currently, children aged five and above are eligible for the primary vaccination series. Those aged 12 and above who have completed their primary vaccination series are eligible for the first booster shot.
The MOH, the Health Sciences Authority and the Expert Committee on COVID-19 Vaccination are also studying the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines that have been formulated for young children under the age of five.