Coronavirus: Those who flout five-day sick leave may be jailed or fined

Doctors were advised  in February to give five days of sick leave to patients with respiratory symptoms.
Doctors were advised in February to give five days of sick leave to patients with respiratory symptoms.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

SINGAPORE - Patients who have acute respiratory symptoms and are issued a five-day sick leave by a medical practitioner must not leave their homes starting on the day the medical certificate is issued, according to the latest update of the Infectious Diseases Act made by the Ministry of Health (MOH).

Those who do not comply will be liable to a fine of up to $10,000 or up to a six-month imprisonment, or both. They can leave only to seek medical attention.

In February, doctors were advised to give five days of sick leave to patients with respiratory symptoms, such as fever, cough, sore throat and runny nose, in an effort to prevent further community spread of the coronavirus.

MOH urged people and employers to "follow strictly the five-day MC regime that has been put in place".