Due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases in Singapore, the government has started to implement certain regimes to curb the spread of the virus.
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has now mandated that all employees must work from home ASAP if Covid-19 has been detected in the workplace.
Companies have 24 hours to implement this upon getting notified.
According to Channel NewsAsia (CNA), employees who tested positive for the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test must notify their employers immediately.
If the infected employee was in the office within the past week, MOM has made it compulsory for all employees to work from home.
Companies will have a maximum of 1 day to implement a 14-day WFH regime.
These guidelines come after Singapore reported 332 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday (7 Sep). Since this is the highest number of cases this year, the government is implementing more stringent measures.
Companies must have follow-up plans and precautionary measures if there is a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the office.
Precautionary measures include seeing a doctor if any employee feels unwell.
The ministry also encouraged employees to self-swab every 2-3 days during the 14-day period, reports The Straits Times.
The immediate section of the infected worker must be vacated and cordoned off. However, it is not required to vacate the entire building or a whole floor if there are no close contacts.
The sites exposed to the confirmed case must then undergo thorough cleaning and disinfection following NEA guidelines.
Should the number of cases continue to rise, resulting in more ICU admissions, there is a chance that Singapore might return to the Heightened Alert phase again.
Nonetheless, we hope that the current outbreak will be under control soon with these new measures and ramped up testing efforts.
Additionally, do remember to adhere to safe management measures and practise proper hygiene.
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