Asia Covid19 

Singapore ends Covid-19 circuit breaker: How does it affect you from June 2

Monday (June 1) will be the last day of Singapore’s eight-week Covid-19 circuit breaker shutdown. Restrictions will be progressively eased in three phases. Here’s a list of what is allowed under Phase 1 which starts on Tuesday. The government will review in mid-June to see when Phase 2 can begin. – The default mode of working for all companies – including those allowed to resume operations in Phase 1 and later Phase 2 – is working from home, says the Manpower Ministry (MOM). – Employees now working from home must continue…

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Asia Covid19 

New COVID-19 test developed in Singapore detects past infection within an hour

A new COVID-19 test that can rapidly assess if a person has been previously infected with the coronavirus is now available to hospitals in Singapore. Launched on Friday (May 15), the cPass serology test detects antibodies – formed by the body to fight off infections – in the blood or serum of patients. It is not used to check for active infection. Its main purpose rather, is for contact tracing, detecting asymptomatic cases and assessing herd immunity. Such serological tests have been used in Singapore for contact tracing. What is different about the new…

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