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Singaporeans can take a supervised rapid antigen test (ART) at rapid test centers and have their HealthHub app reflect the positive Covid-19 case within 30 minutes.
This process change will relieve GP clinics of having to deal with mild Covid-19 patients in a bid to register their positive cases in the system.
Reservations for an appointment to get tested via ART will open by the end of February 15, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung told parliament on Tuesday, in response to Yio Chu Kang MK Yip Hon Weng, who asked how healthcare workers and the healthcare system are coping.
Go to QTCs in malls
ART kits will be available at rapid test centers.
Ong added: “Thus, I hope we can divert many very mild cases from GP (GP) clinics to QTCs (Rapid Test Centers). We now have about 200 QTCs, everywhere, including in malls. We’ll start with about a quarter of them.”
The change was instituted following feedback from GPs.
“Many patients who go to GPs, and GPs give us feedback, they either have mild symptoms or no symptoms, but they self-tested positive, decided ‘I better see a GP,'” he said.
“A lot of them are actually worried about the trip, if they have to take a PCR test,” Ong said.
Because of this consideration, Ong said those getting tested “want to show that in fact ‘I had Covid-19 and I’m an shedder and recovered'”.
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