Singapore: No, Bloomberg, we do not separate children under 12 from their parents

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SINGAPORE — Children will not be separated from their families if they test positive for Covid-19, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Sunday (Dec 26), refuting a Bloomberg editorial on Dec 23 that gave an account to the contrary.

The opinion piece by Bloomberg opinion editor Rachel Rosenthal, titled “Singapore’s travelers face Omicron chaos”, had described the purported negative experiences of travellers to Singapore who supposedly had to abandon their pets and share quarantine facilities with other people, and were asked to hand their children over to the authorities, among others.

Ms Rosenthal described how the authorities purportedly tried several times to take a child from a European family to be quarantined alone in a hotel or hospital. The child had tested positive and was under 10.

Clarifying, MOH said those aged 12 and below will stay with a caregiver, while those aged 13 to 19 are allowed to isolate alone only with the written consent of their caregivers.

“According to our checks, all children aged 12 years and below who were under quarantine or isolation have been accompanied by a caregiver,” said the ministry.

“According to our checks, all children aged 12 years and below who were under quarantine or isolation have been accompanied by a caregiver,” said the ministry.

In the Bloomberg article, the child’s father who had tested positive was self-isolating at home when health officials, suspecting that he had the contracted the Omicron variant of the virus, whisked him away to a hotel room that he was to share with a stranger from a different flight.

MOH said in response that those who test positive for Covid-19 may be isolated in care facilities with another Covid-19 positive patient so as to optimise the use of overall healthcare capacity.

“These public health measures apply to everyone, be it Singapore citizens, permanent residents or foreigners,” added the ministry.

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/moh-refutes-bloomberg-report-says-authorities-will-not-separate-children-covid-19-their-families-1779041?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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