THIS STORY WAS FIRST PUBLISHED ON JUNE 17, 2021, AND UPDATED ON JULY 27, 2021.
As Singapore steps up their Covid-19 testing capabilities and works towards the day when the virus becomes endemic, the Government will begin to distribute Covid-19 self-test kits to all households progressively.
"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 Finance Minister Lawrence Wong in Parliament on Monday (July 26).
He added that Singapore will also be rolling out other ways of testing for Covid-19 such as using breathalyser tests in Parliament and conducting wastewater surveillance in estates.
The Covid-19 antigen rapid test (ART) kits for self-testing that will be distributed to households are the same ones that went on sale for the public at pharmacies around the city last month.
ART test kits detect viral proteins in nasal swab samples of infected individuals and usually work best in the early stages of infection.
These tests, which can produce results in less than 20 minutes, can be done by people who are worried that they may have Covid-19. It has, so far, seriously benefited groups of people such as frontline workers who need to test themselves more frequently.
Currently, four self-test kits have received interim authorisation from the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) to be sold and distributed to the public.
These are the Abbott PanBio Covid-19 Antigen Self-test, QuickVue At-Home OTC Covid-19 Test, SD Biosensor SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Self-Test Nasal, and SD Biosensor Standard Q Covid-19 Ag Home Test.
If you are looking forward to receiving your test kit or if you are planning to purchase a kit for yourself, here's everything you need to know.