National call

Army to deploy 100 troops to national call center to help deal with Omicron surge

SINGAPORE — The Singapore Army will deploy around 100 troops to help deal with the rise in Omicron cases here.

The soldiers will help bolster the national call center to provide advice, answer questions and reassure Covid-19 patients, Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen said in a Facebook post on Friday (February 11).

Singapore has seen an increase in Covid-19 cases as the Omicron variant of the virus spreads through the community.

Thursday was the sixth day in a row that the number of hospitalizations crossed the 1,000 mark. The country also reported 10,542 new Covid-19 infections.

On Sunday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said hospital emergency departments were seeing high numbers of patients, leading to long queues and wait times.

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) had been involved in contact tracing efforts earlier during the pandemic.

In April 2020, The Straits Times reported that more than 1,300 SAF and Ministry of Defense personnel were involved in contact tracing and appeals.

As of October 2021, approximately 90 SAF regulars, 350 full-time national service members and 10 SAF Volunteer Corps volunteers have been deployed to assist the home-based recovery program in various roles.

But in November last year, Dr Ng said SAF would hand over management of the Covid-19 home recovery program to the MOH as the situation had stabilised.