Singapore nursing home says 103-year-old pandemic survivor has died


A photo taken earlier this year shows Madam Yap Lay Hong, Singapore's oldest survivor of Covid-19. - PHOTO: COURTESY OF ALAN HO via The Straits Times/ANN

SINGAPORE, Sept 21 (The Straits Times/ANN): Yap Lay Hong, who last year made world headlines as one of oldest coronavirus(Covid-19) survivors anywhere, has died at the age of 103, her Singapore nursing home said on Monday (Sept 20).

"It is with mixed emotions to share that someone who inspired us all has passed on," the Lee Ah Moi Old Age Home said, announcing that the centenarian died at hospital on Sunday morning after an intestinal blockage.

The home said Yap had been resident for around three years and "was known amongst our staff for her resilience and independent spirit" and as "a fighter" who "always took good care of herself, from her daily meals, to how she looked."

Last year, Yap was among a handful of 100-somethings hailed worldwide after surviving a coronavirus infection, weeks after it had become clear that elderly people with serious medical conditions were by far the most vulnerable to severe illness and death if they caught the virus.

She tested positive during Singapore's sole pandemic lockdown, which ran from April to June last year.

Singapore's pandemic death toll is one of the world's lowest, at 62, while its vaccination numbers are among the highest, at over 80 per cent of adults.

However daily case numbers have in recent days topped the 1,000-mark, numbers not seen since the middle of last year's lockdown. - dpa

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