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New community isolation facility for Covid-19 patients who are well

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Patients who are well enough to not require hospitalisation but are still testing positive for the coronavirus will be moved to a new isolation facility, to ensure hospitals can cope with a possible surge in the number of Covid-19 cases.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) announced yesterday that it has set up a community isolation facility at D'Resort NTUC in Pasir Ris that can accommodate 500 people.

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said: "As the number of Covid-19 cases rises across the world, we expect the number of cases in Singapore to increase. Therefore, we are taking steps to increase our healthcare capacity.

"Over the last few days, we have been sending patients to some private hospitals. Today, we have operationalised a community isolation facility."

Currently, patients who are well enough to be discharged from medical care but still test positive for the coronavirus have been isolated in hospitals.

MOH said this was not an efficient use of hospital resources as the patients do not require significant medical care.

The community isolation facility is modelled after existing government quarantine facilities, said MOH director of medical services Kenneth Mak.

He added that while patients in the isolation facility do not need medical care, they will need to be tested for the virus.

"This test would be done once every few days. There is a team, therefore, that goes through the isolation facility to perform these swab tests and bring the swabs back."

The cost of isolation in the facility will be borne by the Government. - THE STRAITS TIMES