Government to pay for COVID-19 rostered routine testing until September

Amir Hussain
·Senior Reporter
·1-min read
The co-chairs of the multi-ministry taskforce for COVID-19, Gan Kim Yong (left) and Lawrence Wong, receive their first doses of coronavirus vaccinations at Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital on 13 January. (PHOTOS: Ministry of Communication and Information)
The co-chairs of the multi-ministry taskforce for COVID-19, Gan Kim Yong (left) and Lawrence Wong, receive their first doses of coronavirus vaccinations at Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital on 13 January. (PHOTOS: Ministry of Communication and Information)

SINGAPORE — The government on Friday (22 January) said that it will continue to pay for the Rostered Routine Testing (RRT) of workers in various sectors until 30 September.

Currently, workers in sectors that have higher risk of exposure to COVID-19 or with larger negative impact if they were to have a COVID-19 infection in their midst are required to go for RRT fortnightly.

These workers include those living in dormitories, and those working in the construction, marine and process, and aviation and maritime sectors.

The government had earlier announced that it would bear the costs of RRT until 31 March.

“As COVID-19 continues to pose significant public health risks in these sectors, the government will continue to bear the costs for COVID-19 RRT until 30 September 2021 to support their safe operations,” said the Ministry of Health.

“The Government will continue to review its subsidies for COVID-19 RRT to ensure that they support our public health efforts while sharing the costs equitably between taxpayers, employers and individuals,” it added.

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