Singapore ― A 60-year-old homeless woman resorted to sitting next to a rubbish collection point in order to isolate herself after testing positive for Covid-19.

The woman reportedly tested positive in a rapid antigen test (ART) and was awaiting her polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result. According to a report on, Shin Min Daily News (SMDN), the woman appeared to be unwell on Monday morning (Sept 20).

However, as she was not an employee at the Toa Payoh Market of hawker centre, she was not tested for Covid-19. Regulars at the market and hawker centre said that the woman is often known to loiter in the area.

After a stranger bought her a self-test kit, and she tested positive for Covid-19, the stranger then arranged for the elderly lady to get tested at a clinic nearby. Her Antigen Rapid Test (ART) turned out to be positive, and she was instructed to self-quarantine at home before the result of her polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is ready.

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PCR test results are usually only available 24 to 48 hours after testing.

The woman considered herself homeless because she did not get along with her husband and has not been home for years. She told SMDN that she had been sleeping and bathing at the hawker centre. After members of the public contacted the authorities to help the woman, two policemen arrived in personal protective equipment (PPE) at the scene.

When asked if she was willing to be quarantined at a designated facility, the woman said she will cooperate with the authorities. She was picked up by an ambulance at about 2:30 pm the same day. /TISG