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Singapore president Halimah Yacob, Speaker Tan Chuan-Jin test positive for COVID-19

Yahoo News logo Yahoo News 4/7/2022 Wong Casandra

SINGAPORE — Singapore's president Halimah Yacob on Monday (4 July) evening announced that she had been infected with COVID-19.

"Just tested positive for COVID-19 with mild flu-like symptoms," said Halimah, 67, in a Facebook post.

She added that she has been vaccinated and boosted but did not mention if she has had her second booster.

"I hope to recover soon and am sorry to have to miss the events this week," wrote Halimah.

Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin on Monday evening also announced that he had COVID-19.

"All good things must come to an end. My COVID-free days are over," wrote Tan, 53.

In the post that came attached with a photo of a positive PCR test result, he added that he had tested himself before Monday's Parliament sitting.

This would mean that Tan would not be able to be part of the two-day sitting.

"Thanks to my deputies Christopher de Souza and Jessica Tan Soon Neo for holding the fort," he said.

"Had felt a little flu-ish, tested negative, and felt that I was on the mend. So far so good. Hope the symptoms would be mild."

Tan said that he would also miss the Meet the People session on Monday and apologised for cancelled events and appointments over the next few days.

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