SINGAPORE – All households here will receive Covid-19 self-test kits progressively, as Singapore scales up its testing regime and works to live with the coronavirus.
These antigen rapid test (ART) kits, which are now widely available at retailers, are being distributed by the Government to households and will be rolled out first to those near large Covid-19 clusters, said Finance Minister Lawrence Wong in Parliament on Monday (July 26).
“We’re starting with those who live near markets where large clusters have been identified. We will progressively scale up and distribute to everyone in Singapore,” said Mr Wong, who co-chairs the multi-ministry task force tackling Covid-19.
As these kits are being distributed, Singapore will also be rolling out other ways of testing for the virus.
Mr Wong said these include breathalyser tests in Parliament before each sitting, in addition to similar tests at Singapore’s checkpoints and wastewater surveillance in estates.
“Regular testing, and the social consciousness to get ourselves tested regularly, will protect us and keep us safe as we transit to the new normal,” he said.