Home quarantine for mildly ill COVID-19 patients to be expanded in Singapore

Friday, 2021-09-10 19:13:31
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NDO/VNA - Singapore will expand the home recovery scheme for fully vaccinated people from September 15, according to Ong Ye Kung, Singapore’s Health Minister.

Speaking at a COVID-19 multi-ministry task force press conference on September 10, he said the home quarantine for fully vaccinated people infecting with coronavirus and have mild or no symptoms started August 30, local media reported.

21 COVID-1 patients have been on the pilot so far and the results have been positive, Ong said, adding that as of September 9, nine individuals have been discharged from hospitals and the rest remained clinically well.

Given the encouraging pilot results, home recovery will be expanded as default care management protocol for more fully vaccinated individuals from September 15, he said.

Once notified of a COVID-19 positive result, those aged up to 50 with no underlying illness or significant co-morbidities can self-isolate at home.

Protocols for infected children, who are currently all admitted to hospitals, will also change. In response to requests from parents, infected children will now be allowed to be brought home for caring, if they are at least five years old and do not have co-morbidities or underlying illnesses.

In response to requests from parents, they can bring their infected children home if they are at least five years old and do not have co-morbidities or underlying conditions. However, Ong said, they still need to be assessed by the hospital to be clinically fit for home recovery.