Loyang chalet to be converted to isolation facility for patients waiting for Covid-19 swab test results

To prevent potential spread to rest of the community.

Tanya Ong | April 28, 2020, 06:38 PM

According to materials from the Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) technical briefing on Apr. 28, it was announced that there will be swab isolation facilities (SIFs) for patients waiting for the results of a swab test.


Persons with acute respiratory infections but are clinically well are issued with five-day medical certificates and are asked to isolate themselves at home.

Those who meet the clinical case definitions for Covid-19 are tested and asked to self-isolate at home as they await their test results. Those who are unable to self-isolate in their homes can do so in a SIF.

The purpose of SIFs is to prevent potential spread to the rest of the community.

There will be over 4,000 bed spaces in total at the SIFs, which includes hotels and government chalets.

Locations of SIFs include Kranji Recreation Centre and CSC Loyang.

Over 3,000 beds are currently in the pipeline.


Singapore also has Community Care Facilities for patients who have mild symptoms and low risk factors. These include some 10,000 bed spaces at the Singapore Expo, Changi Exhibition Centre and D'Resort.

The number of beds at CCFs is expected to double to 20,000 by end-June.

For Covid-19 patients who remain well at Day 14 of illness, and do not require further medical care, they will be isolated at Community Recovery Facilities.

Daily increase so far

On Apr. 28, the Ministry of Health confirmed 528 new cases of Covid-19 in Singapore. Eight are Singaporeans/PRs.

There are now 14,951 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Singapore.

  • April 21: 1,111
  • April 22: 1,016
  • April 23: 1,037
  • April 24: 897
  • April 25: 618
  • April 26: 931
  • April 27: 799

Top photo via CSC Loyang