Swabbing exercise under way at Edgefield Secondary School after student tests positive for Covid-19

Dozens of students, teachers, staff and vendors were seen queuing up in the school at around 1pm on May 2, 2021, to get their swab test.
Dozens of students, teachers, staff and vendors were seen queuing up in the school at around 1pm on May 2, 2021, to get their swab test. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
MOE announced that Edgefield Secondary School will shift to home-based learning next week.
MOE announced that Edgefield Secondary School will shift to home-based learning next week.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

SINGAPORE - A swabbing exercise has begun at Edgefield Secondary School, where a student recently tested positive for Covid-19.

Dozens of students, teachers, staff and vendors were seen queuing up in the school at around 1pm on Sunday (May 2) for their swab test.

They arrived at staggered times and were seen observing safe distancing measures while waiting their turn. Personnel in full personal protective equipment were also seen in the school.

In response to queries from The Straits Times, a Ministry of Education (MOE) spokesman said 99 per cent of the school’s 1,500 students, staff and external vendors had completed their swab tests by Sunday.

The Ministry of Health said on Saturday night that the 15-year-old student had developed a sore throat on Wednesday (April 28). She also developed a runny nose and lost her sense of smell the following day. She reported sick while in school on Thursday and was tested for Covid-19 at a general practitioner clinic.

Her test result came back positive on Friday and she was taken to the National University Hospital in an ambulance. Her case is currently unlinked.

MOE also announced on Saturday that Edgefield Secondary will shift to home-based learning next week.

The ministry said the move to full home-based learning from May 4 to May 7 is because it would take time to complete and receive the results of the Covid-19 swab tests.