Singapore to test hawker center workers, taxi drivers for coronavirus

World | 30 Aug 2020 1:59 pm

Singapore plans to offer coroanvirus testing to community groups such as taxi drivers, food delivery workers, as well as stallholders at hawker centers, markets and coffee shops.

This is part of efforts to expand thetesting regime, the Ministry of Health  said on Saturday, Channel News Asia reports.

"These tests will be offered to these groups to provide a better picture of population prevalence and facilitate the early containment of any cryptic cases in the community," it added.

"While there has been no local evidence that these community groups are of higher risks of getting infected, MOH will be offering tests to them given the nature of their working environment, such as the high frequency of interactions with members of public."

The ministry said authorities will progressively reach out to the identified community groups to offer the testing on a one-time basis, adding that costs of the tests will be fully borne by the government.


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