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Coming to your mailbox: 10 ART kits from Jul 18

From Monday (Jul 18), the Ministry of Health will be distributing 10 Antigen Rapid Test (ART) kits to each household via SingPost.

Coming to your mailbox: 10 ART kits from Jul 18

File photo of a COVID-19 ART self-test. (File photo: AFP/Damien Meyer)

SINGAPORE: Keep a lookout for COVID-19 test kits in your mailbox over the next few weeks.

From Monday (Jul 18), the Ministry of Health will be distributing 10 Antigen Rapid Test (ART) kits to each household via SingPost to support self-testing.

This is the third national distribution and comes amid a new wave of COVID-19 infections.

The distribution was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong last month.

The authorities have said that they do not expect the current COVID-19 wave to be as severe as the Omicron wave earlier in the year, due to stronger immunity gained either through booster shots or recovery from infections.

Singapore reported 11,772 COVID-19 new infections as of noon on Thursday, taking the country's total tally since the start of the pandemic to 1,569,420. Four deaths were reported on Thursday, taking the total number of COVID-19 fatalities in Singapore to 1,444.

More than 1,100 staff members will help distribute 15 million ART kits. There are about 1.56 million households in Singapore, according to Singapore Post.

"Due to the high volume of ART kits being distributed, we seek your patience that it could take a few weeks for some households to receive the kits," said MOH in a Facebook post on Friday.

"If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, do a self test to detect infection early. This allows you to protect yourself and your loved ones, and help curb the transmission of the disease."

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Source: CNA/aj(ac)

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