Taipei sets up positive pressure coronavirus disease testing boothsChina | 17 May 2021 10:19 am
Two positive pressure coronavirus disease testing booths were assembled in Taipei overnight on Saturday to increase the ability to rapidly detect new coronavirus patients amid the worsening cluster infections in Taiwan, CNA reports.
Each of the testing booths is capable of screening 12 individuals for the virus per hour, with a maximum of 240 individuals per day during urgent situations, according to a press release from the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).
The ITRI, founded in 1973, is Taiwan's leading technology research and development institution.
The two testing booths, developed by the ITRI in June 2020, were originally installed at the National Taiwan University Hospital Hsinchu Biomedical Park Branch and the Mackay Memorial Hospital Hsinchu Branch, both of which partnered with the ITRI in the development of the device.
However, due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus in northern Taiwan recently, the booths were transferred to Taipei City Hospital Zhongxing Branch and Bopiliao, a historical bloc in Wanhua District, one of the hotspots for cluster infection in Taipei.
According to the ITRI, the testing booths employ positive pressure technology that allows air to move only from inside to outside, thus alleviating the risk to medical workers taking samples.-Photo: CNA