Man admits absconding from COVID-19 swab test, took it only 9 months later and visited tattoo artist

SINGAPORE: A person who went to a polyclinic for COVID-19-related signs was informed he needed to take a swab check. Instead of complying, Tan Fu Yu absconded from the clinic and took a check only 9 months later.

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The day after seeing the physician, the 20-year-old additionally visited a tattoo studio the place he obtained inked on his chest and bled excessively.

Tan pleaded responsible on Friday (Nov 26) to at least one depend of leaving his dwelling with out affordable excuse regardless of being issued a medical certificates requiring him to remain dwelling, with a second related cost considered for sentencing.

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The courtroom heard that Tan went to Ang Mo Kio Polyclinic on Dec 8 final 12 months for a dry cough and itchy throat.

A physician identified him with an acute higher respiratory tract an infection, and instructed Tan to bear a swab check for COVID-19.

He additionally issued Tan a medical certificates saying he had an acute higher respiratory tract an infection and excused him from work or faculty for 3 days. The certificates acknowledged that Tan was required by legislation to remain at dwelling till his COVID-19 swab check got here again damaging.

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The physician informed Tan that he couldn’t go away his dwelling all through the interval of his medical certificates, or till he obtained a damaging swab check end result.

Tan acknowledged the reason, collected his medical certificates and exited the session room. (*9*), as a substitute of going for his COVID-19 swab check and gathering his remedy, Tan left the polyclinic and took a bus dwelling.

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The nurse tried to contact him by cellphone a number of occasions, however he didn’t decide up.

The subsequent day, Tan left his dwelling and took a Grab automobile to Sin Ming Road the place he proceeded to go for a tattoo appointment.

The tattoo artist inked his chest and noticed Tan to be bleeding excessively, stated the prosecutor.

Tan left the studio after the process and took a bus dwelling. He didn’t bear any COVID-19 check that month, and took a polymerase chain response (PCR) check only on Sep 19 this 12 months, testing damaging for COVID-19.

Court paperwork didn’t point out why Tan was swabbed for COVID-19 in September. 

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He will return to courtroom for mitigation and sentencing subsequent month.

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