Heavier penalties for households caught breeding mosquitoes

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Apart from COVID-19, Singapore is also facing a tough battle with dengue.

As of 29 June 2020, there are more than 14,000 dengue cases this year.

1,468 dengue cases were reported in the week ending 27 June 2020. This is the 3rd consecutive week that weekly cases exceeded 1000.

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The amount of Aedes mosquito larvae detected in homes and common corridors at residential areas during the two-month Circuit Breaker period has increased by five-fold.

Heavier penalties

NEA said that currently, households are fined S$200 for mosquito breeding detected at their residential premises, regardless of the number of breeding habitats detected.

Fourth-time offenders will be sent to court.

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However, from 15 July 2020 onwards, penalties will be raised.

First-time offenders will be fined S$200 for single mosquito breeding detected and S$300 if multiple mosquito breeding areas are detected within the same inspection.

Subsequent offences will have a higher penalty, up to S$5000 for third and subsequent offences.

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Fines will also be raised for breeding mosquitoes at construction sites.

The following are the enhanced penalties:

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Offenders may face imprisonment for up to 3 months, or both fine and imprisonment.

Surveillance and inspections

NEA will tighten enforcement for Town Councils (TCs) for mosquito breeding by conducting checks at common mosquito breeding areas, namely drains, and scupper/ gully traps.

Currently, the maximum fine for TCs for mosquito breeding detected at dengue cluster areas is S$5000.

From January to May 2020, NEA has conducted over 351,000 inspections islandwide.

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As of 29 June 2020, there are 323 active dengue clusters reported.

As of 19 June, the five largest dengue clusters are:

  • Woodleigh Close
  • Leicester Road
  • Aljunied Road
  • Tampines Avenue 7
  • Chu Lin Road

1.Officer checking flower pots and plates

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Please remember to check if there are any mosquito breeding areas in your home! Keep yourself and others safe! 🙂

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