Over the past week, there has been an increase in the number of local cases, with 13 COVID-19 cases identified at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH).
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has worked with TTSH to implement strict containment measures, and will also be tightening safe management measures in the wider community to reduce the risk of transmission within the community.
Tighter measures to ringfence community cluster at TTSH
TTSH has since taken immediate measures to lockdown the affected wards.
To reduce spread from undetected cases, all public places visited by cases during their likely infectious period will be closed for 2 days for cleaning, and to facilitate the testing of staff. Click here for the full list of public places.
For those who have visited these public places or been to TTSH from 18 April onwards, the Ministry of Health is offering tests to mitigate the potential risk of community spread.
From 3 to 16 May, these individuals may book an appointment for a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test at any of the “Swab and Send Home” (SASH) PHPCs, or walk in to one of the following four Regional Screening Centres (RSCs):
The cost of these tests will be fully borne by the Government, and all these individuals are encouraged to get tested.
Remaining Vigilant in the Fight Against COVID-19
To reduce the level of interactions in the community and break the chains of transmission, the following measures will be implemented:
From 1 to 14 May
From 7 to 14 May
It is crucial that we remain vigilant to avoid a resurgence of community cases. Everyone should:
At the workplace, employers should allow employees to work from home if they are able to. They should continue to stagger start times of employees who need to return, and implement flexible working hours. Social gatherings at the office should also be avoided.
The recent community cases are a reminder that the risks of a COVID-19 outbreak remains high. Even as we press ahead with vaccination, we must remain vigilant to avoid a resurgence of cases.
For more information, click here for MOH's press release.