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« on: March 25, 2020, 03:59:54 pm »
MOH will no longer admit Covid-19 patients with mild symptoms to hospitals: Gan Kim Yong

The Ministry of Health (MOH) will no longer admit all confirmed Covid-19 patients, regardless of severity, to hospitals, in order to preserve capacity in Singapore’s healthcare system.

Patients with mild symptoms will instead be quarantined in a mix of private hospitals and converted Government Quarantine Facilities (GQFs), such as D’Resort in Pasir Ris, in order to focus Singapore’s critical hospital resources on the seriously ill.

According to Minister for Health Gan Kim Yong, speaking about this in Parliament on Wednesday (March 25), this is because 80 per cent of Covid-19 cases were mild to moderate, and therefore only require limited medical care.

Singapore previously admitted every Covid-19 case into hospitals

In his speech, Gan announced that Singapore will no longer be taking a conservative approach to the epidemic, due to the significant number of imported cases from returning residents and visitors, which may lead to more localised transmissions.

Previously, all confirmed Covid-19 cases, regardless of severity, were admitted to our hospitals, and remained there until they were tested negative for the virus twice, over a duration of 24 hours.

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