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Singapore sorry for sending positive coronavirus test results in error

  • News Desk

    Reuters

Singapore   /   Tue, May 19, 2020   /   01:03 pm
Singapore sorry for sending positive coronavirus test results in error People, wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19, queue to buy food at a hawker centre in Singapore on May 14, 2020.Singapore has apologized to 357 COVID-19 patients who received an erroneous text message saying they had again tested positive for the novel coronavirus. (AFP/Roslan RAHMAN )

Singapore has apologized to 357 COVID-19 patients who received an erroneous text message saying they had again tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The tiny Southeast Asian nation has confirmed over 28,000 cases of the disease, one of the highest tallies in Asia, and is under lockdown until June 1. The death toll in Singapore stands at 22.

"The messages had been sent due to an IT system testing glitch as we sought to improve the efficiency of our system," the health ministry said in a statement issued late Monday.

It apologized "for any inconvenience and anxiety caused" and said recipients had been alerted to the error within hours.

Two former COVID-19 patients who received the message told Singapore broadcaster ChannelNewsAsia that they had previously been confirmed as negative and had already been discharged.

The ministry did not immediately confirm whether recovered patients had received the messages. 

 


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