COVID-19: Patients flouting 5-day MC face jail or fine if they leave home
Patients who are issued a five-day medical leave by a medical practitioner certifying that they have acute respiratory symptoms are not allowed to leave their homes starting on the day the certificate is issued, according to an update on the Infectious Diseases Act made by the Ministry of Health (MOHSINGAPORE — ). The update was first published in the electronic edition of the government gazette on Wednesday (25 March) at 7.15 pm. Those who do not comply can face a maximum fine of $10,000 or a maximum jail term of six months, or both. They can only leave their homes to seek medical attention. The ministry had on 14 February advised healthcare professionals to give five-day medical certificates to patients with respiratory symptoms – such as fever, cough, sore throat and runny nose – to reduce possible community transmission of the virus. Patients who do not recover within five days will be referred for further assessment and tests. The ministry also advised them to return to the same doctor to seek further treatment, should their symptoms persist or deteriorate. “We urge all individuals and employers to cooperate, and follow strictly the five-day MC regime that has been put in place,” said the MOH then. Stay in the know on-the-go: Join Yahoo Singapore's Telegram channel at http://t.me/YahooSingapore Related stories: COVID-19: 38,000 people in Singapore serving stay-home notices, number to rise – Lawrence Wong Lawrence Wong breaks down while paying tribute to 'unsung heroes' fighting COVID-19 COVID-19: Singapore conducts 6,800 tests per million people, higher rate than S Korea, Taiwan – Gan Kim Yong COVID-19: Singapore can trace up to 4,000 contacts a day, capacity being boosted – Gan Kim Yong COVID-19: Public can inform police about those who breach Stay-Home Notice – Shanmugam COVID-19: No decision has been made on timing of next GE – Teo Chee Hean Read more: Yahoo Singapore
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