Coronavirus: Singapore sees first death in weeks; Thailand reports record daily toll

a tree in front of a building: The exterior of Singapore’s National Centre for Infectious Diseases. Photo: AFP © AFP The exterior of Singapore’s National Centre for Infectious Diseases. Photo: AFP

Singapore saw its first fatality due to complications from Covid-19 in nearly two months over the weekend, amid a flare-up of cases in a country that has been one of the world's most successful in containing the virus.

An 88-year-old Singaporean woman with a history of cancer and cardiac failure died on Saturday after she was treated at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, where a cluster of 37 cases has been identified since last week.

The cluster is Singapore's first in a hospital and raises concern that the city's hard-won success is slipping, potentially threatening efforts to open up a long-awaited travel bubble with Hong Kong and host major upcoming summits including the World Economic Forum and Shangri-La Dialogue.

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Coronavirus: Singapore sees first death in weeks; Thailand reports record daily toll