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.
Those who do not comply and leave their homes during the five-day period 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.