Minister of Health Ong Ye Kung said n Parlament earlier today that people in Singapore may now take a supervised ART test at quick test centres, and their HealthHub app will then reflect their Covid-19 records within 30 minutes.
This move is aimed at relieving GP clinics from having to attend to mild cases just to record their positive cases in the system.
Bookings will be open from 15 February onwards.
Ong was responding to Yio Chu Kang MP Yip Hon Weng, who asked how healthcare workers and and healthcare system was dealing.
Ong added “that way I hope we can divert many of the very mild cases away from GP (general practitioner) clinics into the QTCs (quick test centres). We have about 200 QTCs now, all over, including in malls. We will start with about a quarter of them.”
The change in process was enacted after feedback from GPs, and Ong said:
“Many patients that go to the GPs, and the GPs feedback to us, they either have mild or no symptoms, but they self-tested got themselves positive, decided ‘I better see a GP’. Many of them actually worry about travel, if they have to go through a PCR test.”