As case numbers in Singapore rise and we move slowly into a more endemic state of the pandemic, a programme to let fully vaccinated Covid-19 patients with mild or no symptoms recover at home will be expanded to become the default care arrangement for more patients.It will start with those who are younger, and eventually include individuals up to 50 years of age.
Based on current figures, this will account for about half of active Covid-19 cases here.
Parents of infected children aged five and above will also now be encouraged to take their infected children home for recovery, if they are assessed by the hospital to be medically eligible.
These moves by the authorities follow a successful pilot of the scheme since Aug 30 involving 21 patients. Of this group, nine have been discharged while the rest remain clinically well, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Friday (Sept 10).
“Given the encouraging pilot results, we will expand home recovery as the default care management protocol for more fully vaccinated individuals from Sept 15,” said the ministry.