On October 26, the first pre-event Covid-19 swabbing took place at the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) 2020, held at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre.
These antigen rapid tests were first announced last week by the Republic’s multi-ministry task force dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.
After checking in with SafeEntry and having their temperature taken, participants entered a main area where they were separated into different zones for swabbing.
Each zone had its own set of swabbing stations and registration counter, where attendees received a confirmation SMS from the Ministry of Health and a set of labels for their tests.
They were then seated, where a swabber explained the testing process and carried out the procedure. Participants had a swab stick inserted about 2.5cm up their nostrils and twirled several times, and were then sent the results via SMS.
The seats for testing were wiped down and sanitised after each test.
Delegates were not stopped from mingling with one another while waiting for their results in the main area, but had to present their results at a check-in counter before they were given their badges and allowed to enter the ballroom where the speeches were taking place.
Around 215 tests were carried out, and no one tested positive.
This successful run might mean a loosening of group size limits for social gatherings, but the tests are less sensitive than the polymerase chain reaction tests used conventionally. Hence, safe distancing measures such as the wearing of masks would still need to be observed.
Organised by the Energy Market Authority, SIEW 2020 is a week-long event for energy professionals and policymakers to discuss and share strategic perspectives on issues in the industry and their impact.
This is its 13th edition, but the first time it has been transformed into a hybrid event with both virtual and on-site participants.