695 Jurong West Central 1 Residents To Undergo Compulsory Tests On 17 Aug
Even as Singapore eases Covid-19 measures, testing remains important in order to detect and ringfence cases.
On Monday (16 Aug), the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced that residents of 695 Jurong West Central 1 will have to undergo mandatory testing.
This comes after the authorities detected 14 cases across 6 households at the block.
Residents of Jurong West block to undergo tests at void deck
In a news release on Monday (16 Aug), MOH said those staying at the Jurong West block will have to undergo Covid-19 testing in order for the authorities to detect potentially hidden community cases.
14 cases of Covid-19 were found at the block and MOH suspects there might be ongoing transmissions happening there.
The testing operation will take place on Tuesday (17 Aug) at the void deck of the block.
Residents of the block would have received an SMS with more information about the tests.
They are advised to stick to the allocated appointment timing and to see a doctor immediately should they feel unwell.
The tests are optional for residents who had tested negative from last Friday (13 Aug).
1 new cluster emerged on 16 Aug
Monday (16 Aug) also saw the emergence of 1 new cluster at 43 Sungei Kadut Loop Dormitory.
12 of the 13 cases linked to the dormitory cluster were detected on Monday (16 Aug).
Singapore currently has 99 active clusters, after taking into account the 4 clusters that have closed.
Despite having close to 100 active clusters, only 8 of them reported new cases on Monday (16 Aug). These include:
- Bishan Bus Interchange staff – 5 new cases
- My First Skool (Chin See Road) – 4 new cases
- North Bridge Road Market & Food Centre – 1 new case
- SAFRA Tampines – 1 new case
Meanwhile, other prominent clusters that broke out earlier continue to see 0 new cases:
- Jurong Fishery Port
- KTV lounges
- Marina Bay Sands Casino
- Samy’s Curry Restaurant
- Punggol Primary School
Testing remains key in fight against Covid-19
Even as we’re easing Covid-19 measures gradually, testing will likely remain a key pillar of our country’s fight against the coronavirus.
We hope residents of the block will go for their tests despite the inconvenience it brings.
Hopefully, this will allow the authorities to detect any hidden cases at the block and ringfence them in a timely manner.
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