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Temasek Foundation has clarified that it will be distributing free N95 and surgical masks in late August or early September amidst confusion that distribution had started on Wednesday (Aug 4).
A Stomper alerted Stomp to a photo circulating online of a banner advertising the distribution of masks.
"Many people received this and brought their bills to the supermarket to collect the masks but the staff said they never received any message regarding this," he said.
Temasek Foundation addressed the circulated photo in a Facebook post and said this was fake news.
#fakenews :) We know some of you have received a photo about a mask distribution that's happening today. There isn't one...
Posted by Temasek Foundation on Tuesday, August 3, 2021
There was no distribution exercise on Wednesday and it was only a trial of the collection exercise, not open to the public.
Temasek chief executive Ho Ching also addressed the 'fake news' on her Facebook page.
Hello! Fake news or not? Free for each household: * 50 pcs of medical grade surgical masks * 25 pcs of N95 ...
Posted by HO Ching on Tuesday, August 3, 2021
The foundation is working with CapitaLand malls and larger supermarkets to distribute the masks using SP Group utility bills.
The exercise was originally scheduled to start after National Day (Aug 9) but had been pushed back to give participating organisations time to test the system.
Under the new exercise, each household will receive 50 medical-grade surgical masks and 25 N95 respirator masks.
The new Delta variant is twice as contagious as the other variants that caused Covid-19 last year and will require Singapore residents to wear more effective masks to bring down infection numbers, Ms Ho said.