Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in a Covid-19 broadcast on Monday (May 31) that DIY test kits (DIY) will soon be available in Singapore pharmacies.
Unlike nasal and throat tampons, the DIY test kit does not require the assistance of tamponists or medical professionals, and Singaporeans can administer the test at home.
The kits will be the latest in Singapore’s variety of coronavirus testing options, which include swab testing such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing and rapid antigen testing (ART).
“They are easy to use and not so uncomfortable. You can manage them on your own, ”he said.
“These alternatives to PCR testing help us detect and isolate people quickly when they are most infectious. This will be of great help in slowing the spread of Covid-19. As the virus mutates to become more transmissible, we need to respond by testing more widely. “
It is “not just testing to identify infections when a new case emerges, but routine and regular testing of people who present well,” Prime Minister Lee said.
This includes medical staff and front-line workers, educators, gym and fitness instructors, and those living in dormitories of migrant workers.
He added that Covid-19 restrictions should be relaxed after June 13 if all goes well. In the meantime, he urged everyone to continue their efforts, to be alert, to work from home if possible and to leave only if necessary.
He urged those who feel ill to consult a doctor immediately, even if they have been vaccinated.
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