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Singapore tries out supervised COVID-19 rapid test via teleconsultation

Singapore’s Ministry of Health has disclosed that it is piloting a virtually supervised COVID-19 antigen rapid test to assess its feasibility. 

The government has teamed up with local telehealth startup Doctor Anywhere to offer rapid test supervision via 30-minute video consultations. Doctor Anywhere just launched tele-ART, a supervised self-swab test service, last week.

In the consultation, a user must ensure that the contents of the antigen rapid test kit are visible so these can be verified by a supervisor. They must also insert a swab stick to a depth of around 2.5 cm in the nostril. A provider will then send the test result via text and e-mail within four hours. 

WHY IT MATTERS

The MOH is seeking options to facilitate regular self-testing and complement its network of physical test sites as the island city-state moves towards living with COVID-19, a news report by The Straits Times noted.

It was said that the supervised test service will be convenient for travellers coming to Singapore who are required to take their COVID-19 tests, as well as for those leaving the country. 

According to the report, around a thousand have already availed of the teleconsultation service a week after its launch. Doctor Anywhere aims to capture about 30% of the demand for supervised self-swab tests. 

The MOH said the outcomes of the pilot programme will inform licensing requirements and safeguards for supervised testing via video. 

As of Monday, Singapore recorded nearly 300,000 COVID-19 cases with around 800 deaths. The island nation has fully vaccinated almost nine in ten of its total population with about half already getting their booster shots. 

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