Story By: Gheorghi Caraseni, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash
Council workers in this Russian city are pumping huge streams of hydrogen peroxide onto the streets in order to disinfect them while tackling the coronavirus pandemic.
The footage was shot in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in the region of the same name which lies on the border between Europe and Asia.
The mayor’s office confirmed what was going on saying: “In order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus infection COVID-19, the street network in the city including buildings and other facilities are being sterilised…”
They said the disinfection included the City Hall and all of the main streets, and added: “We ask residents of Chelyabinsk not to interfere with the work being carried out using special equipment.”
Footage shot from a nearby tower block shows a machine towing two tankers containing the chemical followed by a fire engine as it sprays a stream of hydrogen peroxide onto the streets in front of it.
Hydrogen peroxide, which is also used in bleaching and as a laundry detergent, is also a powerful disinfectant on everything from surfaces through to surgical tools. It is often used as a vapour for room sterilisation, where it can eradicate viruses, bacteria and spores.
It is regarded as an environmentally friendly alternative to chlorine-based bleaches, as it degrades into oxygen and water.
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