BUS STOP NEWEST FRONT IN SOUTH KOREA’S COVID-19 BATTLE
South Korea has opened a high-tech new front in the battle against coronavirus, fortifying bus shelters with temperature-checking doors and ultraviolet disinfection lamps.
Ten advanced facilities have been installed in the northeastern district of Seoul, offering protection from monsoon rains, summer heat, and the novel coronavirus.
To enter, passengers must stand in front of an automated thermal-imaging camera, and the door will only slide open if their temperature is below 37.5 degrees Celsius (99.5 Fahrenheit).
A separate camera is installed lower down to test children.
Inside the glass-walled booths — which cost about 100 million won ($84,000) each — the air-conditioning systems have ultraviolet lamps installed to kill viruses at the same time as cooling the air.
A dispenser provides hand sanitizer, and users are advised to wear face masks at all times while keeping at least one meter apart from others.