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Macao’s third Covid-19-related death sounds alarm for senior citizens

88-year-old woman suffered from diabetes and heart disease; doctors warn seniors to take all necessary precautions to avoid getting infected.

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Further details have emerged about Macao’s third Covid-19-related fatality, an 88-year-old chronically ill woman who died yesterday.

Lei Wai Seng, a clinical director of the Conde de São Januário Hospital Centre, said that the woman was taken to the Health Bureau’s Public Health Clinical Centre in Coloane for isolation treatment after she tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday last week.

The woman suffered from various chronic diseases such as severe diabetes, heart disease, and aortic dissection (a tear in the inner layer of the body’s main artery).

Lei underlined that the woman was prescribed antiviral medicines as soon as she started isolation treatment. She came down with serious complications from her diabetes on Monday, Lei said, adding that her condition still did not improve after intensive treatment.

According to Lei, the senior citizen’s family members told doctors that they did not want her to receive invasive medical treatment, so doctors gave her antibiotics and other medicines that aimed to treat her complications.

However the woman’s condition still did not improve, and she died at around 1 pm yesterday.

Yesterday’s fatality came after Macao reported its first two Covid-19-related deaths on Sunday last week. Both were chronically ill female senior citizens, aged 100 and 94, who lived in the same nursing home.

Lei noted yesterday that all three of Macao’s Covid-19 fatalities were old and chronically ill, and urged senior citizens to take all necessary precautions to avoid getting infected.

 

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