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Singapore has just introduced Health Risk Alerts and Health Risk Warnings. Here’s how they differ from quarantine orders

Singapore’s community cases are on the rise with the number of cases doubling last week to over 1,200 from about 600 the week before. To manage the situation, the multi-ministry task force on Covid-19 announced new measures as well as new health risk warnings and alerts to control clusters. 

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The new health risk warnings (HRWs) and health risk alerts (HRAs) will be issued to people whenever a new cluster is detected.

With quarantine orders, HRWs, HRAs, we break down what it all means and what you have to do if you receive one. 

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What is a quarantine order?

A quarantine order is a legal order that is given to people who either have or are suspected to be positive for Covid-19. Quarantine orders are also issued to people who might have been in close contact with a positive case. 

If you receive one, you must follow all the instructions that are given to you and comply with isolating yourself at a dedicated government quarantine facility, a hospital, or your home if it is deemed to be suitable. 

You will then be given polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests at the beginning and end of your quarantine period. 

The government will pay for all tests taken while you are under this quarantine order. 

What is a health risk warning (HRW)?

An HRW is a legal order that is issued to people who have been in close proximity with a Covid-19 case for an extended period of time or who are a close contact of a confirmed case. This is determined by your SafeEntry data.  

HRWs require individuals to get a PCR test at a designated testing centre and to self-isolate until they receive a negative test result. 

They will also be required to do a self-test using an antigen rapid test (ART) and a PCR test at a designated testing centre on the 14th day. 

All tests will be paid for by the government. 

What is a health risk alert (HRAs)?

An HRA is issued to people who have SafeEntry records from the past 14 days that overlap with that of a confirmed Covid-19 case.

If you receive an HRA, you are not subject to anything legally but you are strongly encouraged to go for a PCR test as soon as you can. This is because this group is considered to have the lowest risk of infection. 

However, you are encouraged to monitor your health for at least two weeks and to perform regular self-tests using ART self-test kits. 

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