Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Health what is the justification for an allowance to be provided under a Quarantine Order (QO), but not under an Isolation Order (IO), which requires comparable stoppage of work.
Mr Ong Ye Kung: Quarantine Orders are issued to a close contact of a COVID-19-positive person to ringfence the spread of the disease. So, the quarantined person is well, able to work but not allowed to. The Quarantine Order Allowance Scheme was introduced to encourage the adherence to the quarantine and to cushion the impact on self-employed persons and companies.
Isolation Orders are issued to a COVID-19-positive person who is infectious and is not expected to move around. There is no allowance allocated to such a person, as in all other illnesses.
Ministry of Health
5 July 2022