SINGAPORE – Madam Yap Lay Hong, 102, is Singapore’s oldest coronavirus survivor.
She was discharged from Tan Tock Seng Hospital on Friday (May 1).
Madam Yap was among 16 residents and staff at the Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home who caught the virus – a cluster that led to a ban on visitors to all nursing and old folks’ homes in April.
Lee Ah Mooi stated on Facebook on Friday afternoon: “Today is a day of happiness as we welcome home our residents who fought hard to recover and overcome the Covid-19 virus.
“They were discharged from the hospitals and are now resting well at the home. We thank the heroic and selfless efforts of our front-line healthcare colleagues who nursed them back to health.”
One 96-year-old resident remains in hospital, but her condition has been stable, Lee Ah Mooi administrator Then Kim Yuan told The Straits Times.
Madam Yap, who was born during the Spanish flu pandemic in 1918, is among the rare centenarians worldwide battling Covid-19. The oldest to survive the virus is a Dutch woman in the Netherlands, 107-year-old Cornelia Ras, who recovered in about 20 days.