Singapore will roll out measures to slow down the spread of COVID-19 community cases. The nation will expand its testing regime aggressively to keep the situation under control. The number of new cases last week doubled to more than 1,200 as compared to 600 cases last week.
On Monday, Finance Minister Lawrence Wong announced a range of measures to slow the spread of infection. He said that the workers in more sectors will now have to undergo mandatory fast and easy restored routine testing. The frequency of these tests has been increased from 14 days to once a week. Individuals identified with close contacts of the patients for an extended period will be issued with a Health Risk Warning (HRW) by the government to ring-fence cases more quickly.
Those who will receive HRW will be required by the law to get Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). They will also have to self-isolate till they receive a negative result for their first test along with this they will be required to do an antigen rapid test (ART) after that again with PCR on the 14th day.
Thanks to the nation’s high vaccination coverage, the rate of severe illnesses and death among vaccinated individuals are low.