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Second mandatory COVID-19 testing in a week for residents of Ang Mo Kio HDB block

Second mandatory COVID-19 testing in a week for residents of Ang Mo Kio HDB block

Block 556 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10. (Screengrab: Google Maps)

SINGAPORE: Residents of 556 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 will have to take a mandatory COVID-19 test for a second time in a week, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Saturday (Aug 7).

In a press release, MOH said it "monitors the local situation closely and ringfences infected cases in the community through contact tracing, testing and quarantine".

Since the last community surveillance testing conducted at the block on Aug 1, there have been new cases of COVID-19 infection in the block.

MOH said it will conduct the mandatory COVID-19 testing "in order to detect cases who were still incubating the virus in the first round of testing and to prevent spread in the community".

"Testing is optional for those who have tested negative for COVID-19 infection from Aug 5 onwards," the ministry added.

Mandatory testing will be conducted on Sunday from 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm at the regional screening centre at the former Da Qiao Primary School located at 8 Ang Mo Kio Street 54.

When the first round of testing was announced last week, seven cases of COVID-19 infection had been detected in five households.

MOH said all residents are to bring along their NRIC for identification purposes and reminded to keep to their appointment time.

Leaflets have been distributed and SMS notifications have been sent to the residents to provide them with more information.

"Those who are still awaiting their test results are advised to minimise social interactions as much as possible. They should continue to monitor their health and seek immediate medical attention if they feel unwell," said MOH.

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Source: CNA/jt

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