Mandatory testing for individuals who visit COVID hotspots on same day as infected cases

SINGAPORE — Individuals who have visited hotspots on the same days as infected COVID-19 cases will have to undergo mandatory testing at designated testing centres and stay isolated until they receive their results.

The government will be sending ‘Health Alerts’ via SMS to such individuals.

At the testing centres, individuals will be given DIY test kits, which they will need to self-administer at home over the subsequent days to confirm that they are not infected.

“Given the increased transmissibility of viral strains, we will use TT (Trace Together) and SE (Safe Entry) data to strengthen our ringfencing around cases to prevent large clusters from arising,” the Ministry of Health said on Friday (18 June).

While the risk of infection is lower if they were to test negative, they should continue to limit their interactions with others as an added precaution and restrict their activities to only those which are essential, MOH said.

Those who need to go to work will be allowed to do so but they must comply strictly with all the safe management measures at the workplace.