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SINGAPORE –Two weeks before his diagnosis, two school children in Bethesda (Pasir Ris) who tested positively on Covid-19 last Thursday (29 April) were last at school.

In response to questions, on Monday (May 3), the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) stated that on 15 April after a family with the virus had come together, the child was quarantined. The ministry of health (MOH) and the ECDA did not place their staff and their children on quarantine or on leave from the kindergarten because the child is in quarantine and away from the kindergarten for more than 14 days, a voice-presentative said.

Child Kindergarten Pasir Ris
Image Source: The Straits Times

Although the ECDA didn’t recognize the child, a 4-year-old girl from the Ministry of Health reported in the community that tested Covid-19 positively on April 29.

It is connected with a fellow of the National University of Singapore, 34, which confirmed on April 15 that it has the virus.Five have been found in the cluster to date, including the girl, mother and dad who is the brother of the NUS research.

A thorough cleaning and disinfection was carried out the kindergarten the same day the child was tested positive. As a precautionary measure

“ECDA is working closely with the pre-school to ensure the health and well-being of all,” the ECDA spokesman said.
All pre-school kids two years of age and older must currently wear masks or face shields in group environments. Pre-schools may be flexible to ensure that certain children, including those with special needs, comply with mask wear.

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It may also be possible for children to wear masks or facial shields during the day, such as dinners and nap time, the ECDA speaker said. He further said the agency will keep a close eye on the situation and review and adjust pre-school measures accordingly.

Source: The Straits Times

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