The health condition of Singapore’s first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew has worsened due to an infection.
Lee, 91, is on antibiotics, and the doctors are closely monitoring his condition, the office of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in a statement.
He has been in hospital with severe pneumonia since Feb. 5. He has been placed in a ventilator.
The founding father of modern Singapore, Lee is widely credited with the city state’s economic success.
Although Lee has receded from the public and political scene, his health is watched closely as he is still seen as an influential figure for the current government, headed by his oldest son, Reuters reported.
The Singapore dollar pared gains immediately after news of Lee’s worsening health condition.
After Tuesday’s news, the Facebook page of Singapore’s prime minister was instantly flooded with hundreds of comments.
“For all his work and belief for and in us as a nation, we can only pray for his stability of health, and continue to carry on his profound legacy of building a better nation from all he has taught us,” wrote Darius Lim.
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