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TRTC Steps up Efforts in Combating the Covid-19 Outbreak by Deploying New Electric Disinfectant Sprayers

TRTC workers using sprayers to disinfect station facility According to the Central Epidemic Command Center, the travel history of the Australian man who was diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus is fairly clear and therefore the risk of community-acquired infection is low. To provide passengers with peace of mind, Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation (TRTC) deployed the newly purchased electric disinfectant sprayers on March 5 to conduct thorough disinfection of MRT Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Station. From February 28 to March 5, areas including the automatic ticket vending machines, top-up machines, ATM screens and buttons, toilet seats and door handles, windows and table surfaces at information counters, escalator handrails, and elevator buttons are disinfected at least 35 times every 4 hours, so passengers can use these facilities with peace of mind.

The TRTC has purchased 50 electric disinfectant sprayers, each weighing approximately 2.9kg. The sprayers are capable of conducting large area disinfections and therefore are evenly allocated to major stations such as MRT Taipei Main Station, MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing Station, and MRT Ximen Station. The shoulder carry sprayers are highly portable and can be deployed to other stations quickly. In the event of an emergency, personnel can be immediately dispatched to implement disinfection operations, hence the sprayers offer exceptional mobility. The spray (consisting of 0.05% chlorine solution) is applied to major surfaces including station entrances/exits, lobbies, and platforms, effectively saving time and manpower.

Comprehensive outbreak prevention measures have been implemented in MRT stations, Taipei City Mall, Maokong Gondola, Taipei Arena, Taipei Children’s Amusement Park, and Beitou Resort, where the cleaning staff disinfects areas frequently touched by the public every 4 hours. Furthermore, MRT trains are disinfected before departure every day and every 8 hours at terminal stations during the trains’ brief stops in the shortest time possible, where handgrips and handrails are disinfected once.

The TRTC would like to remind passengers to stay at home or seek immediate medical attention if they exhibit symptoms such as fever or cough. The TRTC also wishes to thank the frontline personnel for their hard work and selfless contributions in fighting the outbreak. Everyone is reminded to look after their wellbeing, and it is imperative to implement proper personal protection measures such as wearing a surgical mask and washing their hands frequently.

For additional details, please contact the TRTC’s 24-hour customer service hotline (02) 218-12345 and 1999 Taipei Citizen Hotline (for callers outside of Taipei, please dial 02-27208889) or refer to the company’s official website (https://www.metro.taipei/).