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Bukit Merah & Redhill Residents Can Collect Free Covid-19 Test Kits Till 27 Jun

Residents Living Within Boundaries Of 3 Roads Are Eligible: Minister

The Bukit Merah and Redhill estates have unfortunately become a Covid-19 hotspot, with at least 5 clusters declared there.

Residents in several blocks in the area have also had to undergo mandatory testing to weed out possible cases.

As a further precaution, free Covid-19 testing kits are being offered to residents in the area.

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They can collect them over the weekend till Sunday (27 Jun).

5 blocks in estate now Covid-19 clusters

Just how serious is the situation in Bukit Merah and Redhill?

According to the Ministry of Health’s (MOH’s) latest update on Saturday (25 Jun), 5 blocks in the area have been declared as Covid-19 clusters.

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They are:

  1. 115 Bukit Merah View Market & Food Centre – 89 cases
  2. 119 Bukit Merah View – 8 cases
  3. 121 Bukit Merah View – 5 cases
  4. 90 Redhill Close – 4 cases
  5. 105 Henderson Crescent – 11 cases

90 Redhill Close, 1 of the clusters.
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In the past week, residents 8 blocks in Bukit Merah View and 7 blocks in Redhill Lane & Close were tested.

Cases have also popped up among a resident at an NTUC Health senior group home in Bukit Merah View and workers at Redhill MRT, Bukit Merah Central NTUC FairPrice and McDonald’s Tiong Bahru Plaza.

Now, even a block in nearby Tiong Bahru has been afflicted with 13 cases.

Tiong Bahru Block Records 13 Covid-19 Cases, All Residents To Get Tested

Clearly, prompt measures must be taken to contain the spread.

Self-testing may be more efficient

While conducting testing operations for residents is a way to find out who’s been infected, it takes time and requires them to queue up at designated stations.

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Thus, a more efficient way might be to get residents to test themselves using Do-It Yourself Antigen Rapid Test (ART) kits.

They’re less uncomfortable and invasive than polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, and  have simple-to-follow instructions.

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Free test kit collection over the weekend

While they’re now available for purchase over the counter at pharmacies, Bukit Merah and Redhill residents can get them for free this weekend.

According to MOH, the collection exercise started on Saturday (26 Jun), and will continue on Sunday (27 Jun).

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Residents can head down to their nearest Residents’ Committee Centre with their ID from 10am-6pm to get them.

Eligible residents live within boundaries of 3 roads

In a Facebook post on Saturday (26 Jun), Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Edwin Tong revealed some details of the residents eligible.

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He said that the People’s Association (PA) gave out the free test kits to residents living within the boundaries of 3 roads:

  1. Jalan Bukit Merah
  2. Lower Delta Road
  3. Alexandra Road

According to Google Maps, all 5 of the block clusters are in this area.

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If you’re still unsure whether you can collect them, key in your postal code at https://www.gowhere.gov.sg/art.

Each household member entitled to 2 kits

If you’re afraid the kits will run out, you’ll be glad to know each member of your household can claim 1 pack containing 2 ART test kits.

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This includes children and domestic helpers too.

Thus, there should be enough to go around.

Residents strongly encouraged to collect kits

If you live within the specified area, it’s natural to feel a little apprehensive, what with cases all around your estate.

However, it’s important not to panic. The free test kits are meant to help prevent further transmission of the virus by helping to identify cases earlier.

Thus, MOH has strongly encouraged eligible residents to collect the kits and test themselves.

So if you haven’t collected them yet, please do. As long as we cooperate, we’ll get through this testing period together.

Have news you must share? Get in touch with us via email at news@mustsharenews.com.

Featured image adapted from Facebook.

Jeremy Lee

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