A gated community in China has built its own 15-foot ‘disinfectant tunnel’ and is putting thousands of residents through it every day amid the deadly Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.
The tunnel made from plastic sheets is currently erected outside the China Aocheng residential area in Rongcheng District in the south-western municipality of Chongqing.
There are currently seven confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Chongqing, but so far none has succumbed to the mysterious pneumonia-like disease.
Footages taken outside China Aocheng shows residents belonging to some of the 3,872 households being asked to walk through the tunnel measuring 5 metres (15 feet) in length.
Residents pass through a cloud of disinfectant liquid which is sprayed thoroughly from head to toe in mist form, effectively killing off any traces of the disease lingering on clothing, hair or personal items.
Those entering the gated community again are also screened for fevers using digital thermometers.
According to reports, the disinfectant tunnel was proposed by community resident Liu Zuohua.
Mr Liu is also the director of the Chongqing Animal Husbandry Science Academy.
The tunnel cost 15,000 RMB (1,640 GBP) to erect, and 500 RMB (55 GBP) per day to maintain, including the restocking of disinfectant liquid.
There have been no confirmed or suspected cases in China Aocheng to date.
The Wuhan coronavirus has spread to every corner of China, killing 425 in the country, with an additional two fatalities in Hong Kong and the Philippines respectively.
The respiratory disease has infected more than 20,300 worldwide.
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