COVID-19: Man with acute respiratory symptoms charged with leaving home while on 5-day MC

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SINGAPORE — A 28-year-old Singaporean man was charged on Friday (5 June) with leaving his house on the same day that he was placed on five days’ medical leave in early April.

Prabu Rajendran was allegedly issued a medical certificate (MC) by a doctor at Raffles Medical Clinic certifying that he had acute respiratory symptoms. He was told by the doctor not to leave his residence at Bedok North Street 3 from 2 to 6 April. However, Prabu purportedly left his residence at 9pm on 2 April. 

Prabu is believed to be the first case dealt with by the court in relation to a person who left his residence while on medical leave.

He will return to court on 19 June, when he is expected to plead guilty.

Under the Infectious Diseases (Covid-19 Stay Orders) Regulations 2020, an individual who is issued an MC by a medical practitioner certifying that he or she has acute respiratory symptoms must not leave his or her place of accommodation for five days beginning from when the MC is issued. 

If convicted of failing to comply with the order, Prabu can be jailed up to six months and/or fined up to $10,000.

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