MOH to publish map of areas visited by larger number of COVID cases

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SINGAPORE — From next Friday (1 October), the Ministry of Health will publish a map of areas frequented recently by a larger number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on its website.

In a statement on Friday, MOH said the map can help guide individuals on their movement and activities.

“Individuals who have been to these hotspots during the same timeframe are encouraged to monitor their health, perform regular ART (Antigen Rapid Test) self-tests throughout the 10 days following their potential exposure, and minimise any unnecessary interaction with others,” MOH added.

SafeEntry and TraceTogether would continue to be used to inform individuals of recent confirmed close contacts to infected persons or recent exposure to an area of increased spread through Health Risk Alerts and Health Risk Warnings.

MOH stressed that regular testing is key to early detection of possible COVID-19 infection and allows individuals who test positive to take precautions to self-isolate. Individuals are encouraged to use their free kits distributed through the nationwide distribution to self-test before visiting crowded places or visiting elderly or children.

Those who are unable to work from home or who have to attend school are also encouraged to self-test.

Firms with employees that work onsite and are not already subject to mandatory Rostered Routine Testing (RRT) may apply for eight ART kits per onsite employee for weekly testing of their staff over a two-month period, MOH reiterated.

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