Mandatory COVID-19 tests for residents in 4 HDB blocks near the Geylang Serai market

SINGAPORE: All residents at four HDB blocks near the Geylang Serai market will have to undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing, after finding viral fragments in wastewater samples collected from the blocks, he said on Thursday (July 22). the Ministry of Health (MOH).

The health ministry is investigating the “probable transmission of COVID-19” at 842, 844, 846 and 848 Sims Avenue, he said. Mandatory testing is being done “to quickly discover cases of community infection,” he added.

Aside from residents, business owners and staff of the four blocks will also have to be tested, MOH said in a press release.

Tests are optional for those who have tested negative as of July 17th.

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“Should a positive case of COVID-19 be detected, MOH will isolate the case, identify all nearby contacts, test them, and quarantine them to protect the community from future transmissions,” MOH said.

The tests will take place in the Geylang Serai Pavilion, 3, Thursday and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors and those who interacted with residents of the four blocks between July 6 and 20 are encouraged to take voluntary tests. This can be done by appointment only at the Geylang Serai Pavilion on Thursday or Friday or at designated regional screening centers between Thursday and Saturday.

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According to the ministry, the mandatory tests were announced after COVID-19 viral fragments were detected in wastewater samples collected from the four blocks.

“Epidemiological investigations are underway to determine the links and source of transmission,” MOH said.

The Ministry of Health has previously said it was investigating cases of COVID-19 related to markets and food centers that were likely “seeded” by fishmongers who had visited Jurong fishing port to collect their stock.

Cases of COVID-19 have been detected in at least 35 markets and food centers, including the Geylang Serai market.

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