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TTSH, NCID battle plan passes test

How Tan Tock Seng Hospital prepared for and dealt with the pandemic that landed on its doorstep.

In the early days of the outbreak, suspect cases were tested at TTSH's emergency department and conveyed to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) across the road for isolation. This was done via a specially designed double-deck bridge connecting the two buildings. NCID, officially opened on Sept 7, 2019, merely months before Covid-19 landed in Singapore, was ready just in time.

ON JAN 2, 2020, Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) started screening patients, who showed up at the Emergency Department (ED) with fever and symptoms of acute respiratory infection (ARI), for the disease we now know as Covid-19.

Then, reports were coming out of China describing a novel...

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