Mandatory Covid-19 testing at 4 Sims Ave HDB blocks after viral fragments detected in wastewater

Visitors of the blocks between Jul. 6 and 20 are 'encouraged to come forward' for voluntary testing.

Fasiha Nazren | July 22, 2021, 02:19 PM

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The Ministry of Health (MOH) is investigating likely Covid-19 transmission at four blocks in Sims Avenue.

Covid-19 viral fragments detected in wastewater

This comes after Covid-19 viral fragments were detected in wastewater samples collected from these blocks, which are located near the Geylang Serai Market.

On July 17, MOH announced that they have detected cases of Covid-19 infection among fishmongers working at 11 markets and food centres in Singapore, including Geylang Serai Market.

According to MOH, epidemiological investigations are ongoing to determine linkages and the source of transmission.

MOH will be conducting mandatory Covid-19 testing for all residents of blocks 842, 844, 846 and 848 at Sims Avenue, as well as owners and staff of commercial units at the same blocks.

The mandatory testing will be done from July 22 to 23.

Residents will receive leaflets and SMS notifications to provide them with more information on the mandatory testing.

Residents will be required to bring along their NRIC for identification purposes.

Voluntary testing for visitors of the blocks

To detect possible asymptomatic cases in the community, MOH will also conduct voluntary Covid-19 testing for visitors and those who have interacted with residents of these blocks between July 6 and 20.

"We encourage these individuals to come forward for testing," said MOH.

Testing will be conducted by appointment only at designated Regional Screening Centres from July 22 to 24, and at the pavilion at 3 Geylang Serai from July 23 to 24, between 9am to 4pm.

Appointments can be made here.

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