From thermal screening to disinfection lamps: Bus stands in South Korea become shelters to battle coronavirus

South Korea has started a new facility, which will give bus travellers high-tech protection not only from rains, but also from novel coronavirus.

These first-of-its-kind bus shelters that have been installed in a northeastern district of Seoul will provide a new front in the fight against COVID-19.

Thermal-imaging camera

This enclosed space has temperature-checking doors and will only open if a passenger's body temperature is less than 37.5 degrees Celsius (99.5 Fahrenheit). A camera is also installed at a lower height to screen children.


 

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Ultraviolet disinfection lamps


The air-conditioning systems inside the booths have ultraviolet lamps installed to kill viruses at the same time as the air gets cooled. 
 

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South Korea bus system

If one doesn't get a good internet connection inside the booth, they can access free WiFi too. Inside the glass-made walls, there is a panel too that tells the estimated arrival times after making calculations related to the traffic. 

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'Feel really safe'

"I feel really safe in here because I know others around me had their temperatures checked as well as me," Kim Ju-li, a 49-year-old who is using the facility for the first time said, reported news agency AFP. 
 

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One of the worst outbreaks

When the coronavirus crisis began, South Korea was one of the first countries outside China that saw a great rise in coronavirus cases. However, following a strategy of "tracing, testing and treating", the country was able to successfully tackle the deadly virus, without imposing lockdowns.  
 

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