Cutting back nonessential social activities over the next two weeks to curb the spread of Covid-19: Lawrence Wong

SINGAPORE – Everyone in Singapore is urged to cut back on non-essential social activities over the next two weeks, especially those who are elderly or who live with elderly family members.

The Department of Health (MOH) said Monday, September 6, that social circles should be limited to a small group of regular contacts and that social gatherings should be limited to one per day, whether in another household or in one. public place.

“All individuals, including vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, should also self-test regularly with rapid antigen tests (ART), particularly if we participate in high-risk activities or attend events at. large-scale, “the health ministry said.

“These ART kits are now sold in most supermarkets and convenience stores,” he added.

The latest advisory comes amid a spike in Covid-19 cases and the emergence of large clusters at bus interchanges, Bugis Junction and Changi General Hospital.

The number of new cases of infection in the community nearly doubled to more than 1,200 cases last week, from around 600 cases the week before.

Speaking to the media on Monday, Finance Minister Lawrence Wong, who co-chairs the multi-ministerial task force on combating Covid-19, said the new opinion is not mandatory and previously announced measures are not canceled.

But he added: “The more we go around, the more out we are, there is always a chance that those who go around so much could inadvertently become the source of the next super-spreader event.”

“We’re trying to ask people, please hold back, especially during this time when there are so many cases and the virus is spreading so quickly. Just cut back, cut down on your social interactions, if possible. “

Meanwhile, social gatherings at the workplace will not be allowed from Wednesday.

The health ministry said recent workplace clusters have emerged due to lax and secure management measures, especially in areas such as canteens and staff pantries, where people tend to let their guard down and interact without their mask.

More severe measures will be taken if there are positive cases among infected workers, the ministry said.

“In particular, employers will be required to put in place a maximum work-from-home requirement (WFH) over a period of 14 days, if it turns out that one or more of their workers have contracted Covid-19 and are returned to their place of work.

“This means that all members of the company who can WFH will be required to do so. Those who work from home should minimize social gatherings and leave their homes only for essential activities during this 14 day period.”

More details will be released soon by Manpower Ministry, the health ministry added.

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Joel C. Hicks