A chemical warfare group helps disinfect the airport

The CECC has announced three new preventive measures for staff working at international airports after three cleaners and a driver tested positive for COVID-19

  • By Shelley Shan / Staff Reporter

Thirty-two members of the Army’s 33rd Chemical Warfare Group were dispatched yesterday to disinfect facilities at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport after three cleaners and a taxi driver tested positive for COVID-19.

The first of three cleaners who contracted COVID-19 (case No. 17,230) worked late hours from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. and was assigned to clean the airport’s No. 3 parking lot, Taoyuan International Airport Corp said.

The chemical warfare group brought 12 pieces of disinfection equipment to clean the No. 3 parking lot, as well as Terminal 2 of the airport, the airport operator said.

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Meanwhile, 313 of the airport’s 552 taxi drivers have been tested, the company said, adding that those who were not tested would be temporarily banned from carrying passengers.

The testing requirement would not reduce the ability of the airport’s disease prevention taxi fleet to serve travelers returning to Taiwan for the Lunar New Year holiday, which begins at the end of this month, the agency said. society.

The fleet has 747 vehicles – 572 taxis, 150 rental cars and 25 tourist buses – in addition to 690 emergency vehicles, he added.

The company started vaccinating its employees in May last year, with a second-dose vaccination rate of 95.26%, she said, adding that she had started administering boosters.

The Central Epidemic Command Center also announced three new disease prevention measures that apply to personnel working in and around international airports.

First, disease prevention taxi drivers must undergo a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test in saliva every three days.

Second, workers inside airport terminals must take a rapid test for COVID-19 every week.

Third, workers who report symptoms of COVID-19 would be asked to take a PCR test immediately, using the deep throat saliva or nasal swab method.

The Taoyuan city government has an ad hoc command center at the airport, which would facilitate testing of the 878 cleaners at the airport.

Separately, starting yesterday, international travelers arriving in Taiwan must provide PCR test results taken within 48 hours of departure, in accordance with new disease prevention guidelines set by the CECC, the Taiwan Administration said. civil aeronautics (CAA).

Airlines have been told they must quickly arrange for cabin crew to take callbacks as well, the agency said.

“We have reminded airlines that their ground staff in other countries must ensure that travelers have valid PCR test reports before they are allowed to board,” he said.

As the pandemic has shown no signs of abating in other countries, all planes arriving from overseas must be thoroughly disinfected before departing, the agency said.

Arline cabin crew must adhere to the CECC zero-contact illness prevention policy when calling in other countries.

“As more and more people are expected to return for the Lunar New Year holiday, the international airports of Taoyuan, Taipei [Songshan]Taichung and Kaohsiung should follow the disease prevention measures that were applied when the country was on Level 3 alert for COVID-19,” the CAA director said.

says General Lin Kuo-hsien (林國顯).

“Airports would be cleaned and disinfected once an hour, and deep cleaning of airport facilities is required every night. Places inside the terminals, as well as facilities accessible to incoming travelers, would be immediately cleaned and disinfected,” Lin said.

About 41,000 travelers are expected to arrive from Monday this week to Sunday next week, the agency said, citing airline booking information.

The peak is expected to occur on Friday next week, when more than 4,000 travelers are expected to enter the country, he said.

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