On 25 May, the Ministry of Health (MOH) first released a list of places that Covid-19 patients visited before.
The places are locations where Covid-19 patients had visited for more than 30 minutes and exclude their residences, public transport, healthcare facilities and workplaces.
The list will be updated on a “rolling 14-day basis” (read: minus 14 days from the date of symptoms showing up) to account for the incubation period of the coronavirus.
Reader Bao: Why did they do it? Is it a tactic to stop people from going out?
Turns out, it’s not. Of course.
The aim of releasing the list, as MOH has said earlier, is to alert people to the places so that those who were at the same place during the same time can take more care in monitoring their own health.
“Those who were at these places during the specified timings should see a doctor promptly if they develop symptoms of acute respiratory infection, such as cough, sore throat and runny nose, as well as fever and loss of taste or smell.”
When seeing the doctor, they should also tell them about their “exposure history”.
The entire point is to detect and contain these cases earlier.
By letting people know that they might be exposed to the coronavirus, it means they’ll be more aware of their condition and (might just) report sick sooner than they would’ve if they didn’t know.
No Need To Panic Or Avoid Places On The List
With the end of Circuit Breaker, MOH is expecting the number of community Covid-19 cases to rise.
After all, you have more people going out of the house, which means community transmission is highly likely to increase.
And along with that increase, you’ll see more places being added to the list.
MOH says there’s no need to panic as this increase is anticipated, nor do people have to avoid these places since they’re probably one of the cleanest places in Singapore.
The National Environment Agency, MOH says, will work with the affected premises, “providing guidance on cleaning and disinfection”.
The List As Of Friday (29 May 2020):
- 17 May 2020 / 9 to 9.30am / Jurong West 505 Market and Food Centre
- 20 May 2020 / 4.30 to 6.30pm / Jurong Point (NTUC FairPrice)
- 20 May 2020 / 7 to 8pm / Taman Jurong Shopping Centre (NTUC Fairprice outlet)
- 21 May 2020 / 5.30 to 6.30pm / Jurong Point (Shokhutsu Ten Japanese Food Street)
- 22 May 2020 / 8.30 to 9pm / Taman Jurong Shopping Centre (NTUC Fairprice outlet)
- 24 May 2020 / 6 to 8am / Block 963 Jurong West Street 91
- 24 May 2020 / 12 to 12.30pm / Bukit Panjang Plaza (Fairprice Finest outlet)
- 24 May 2020 / 12.30 to 1pm / Hillion Mall (NTUC Fairprice outlet)
- 24 May 2020 / 1 to 2pm / Jurong Point (Fairprice Xtra)
- 25 May 2020 / 11am to 12pm / Jurong West 505 Market and Food Centre
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