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All residents at Pasir Ris HDB block to undergo COVID-19 testing after 4 cases identified there

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All residents of Block 559 Pasir Ris St 51 are being tested for COVID-19 on May 23 and May 24. (Photo: Calvin Oh)

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SINGAPORE: All 243 residents at Block 559 Pasir Ris St 51 will be tested for COVID-19, the second time in a week that people living in a housing block have been told to get tested.

This comes after four COVID-19 cases were detected in two different households living in the block, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Ministry of National Development (MND) in a joint release on Sunday (May 23).

The ministries added that the mandatory testing is a precautionary measure. In a Facebook post, Member of Parliament (MP) Desmond Tan, who is an MP of Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, added that the move is also to ensure the safety and wellbeing of residents.

Testing will be conducted at a Regional Screening Centre at former Coral Primary School on May 23 and May 24, between 9am to noon, and 1pm to 4pm, the release said.

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Regional Screening Centre at the former Coral Primary School site. (Photo: Calvin Oh)

Mr Tan added that residents in surrounding blocks do not need to be tested, unless they had visited households in Block 559 from May 2.

Mr Tan’s said he and his grassroots team had started informing residents about the swabbing operations on Saturday evening. This was after MOH informed them in the afternoon about the need to swab residents, he told CNA.

He added that residents he met were “very calm”.

“Some are concerned about their neighbours (and whether they are being) taken care of – but otherwise they’re all very calm and understand that this is a precaution,” he told CNA.

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COVID-19 swabbing exercise at the former Coral Primary School site for residents of Block 559 Pasir Ris Street 51. (Photo: Calvin Oh)

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MASS TESTING AT HOUGANG BLOCK

MOH and MND also provided more details about the mass testing that took place earlier this week for residents of Block 506 Hougang Ave 8.

A total of 407 residents and visitors of the block were tested over Friday and Saturday, and so far one person has been found positive with 126 more test results pending.

MOH had earlier identified nine COVID-19 cases from four different households in the block. 

Testing of residents in an HDB block was similarly carried out in June last year, when contact tracers noticed that members in two households in the same block in Tampines tested positive for COVID-19 and flagged this for closer monitoring. 

Six residents in one household and two residents in another household had tested positive.

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