S Korea uses drive-thru stations to test for coronavirus

South Korea is using drive-thru testing centres – inspired by the fast food counters used by McDonalds – to identify new cases of coronavirus.
Drivers can pull into car parks, where medical staff have set up stations to register motorists, take samples from their throats and check their temperatures.

Cars are also sprayed with disinfectant.

Image: A man has his throat swabbed

Image: Medical staff wear protective gear as they test drivers
Officials have said the test is quicker and safer for patients than visiting a hospital or health centre.
The drivers do not have to leave their cars and the test is reported to take about 10 minutes.


The results are sent via text message within three days.

Two of the stations have been set up at Yeungnam University Medical Centre and Kyungpook National University Hospital in Daegu.

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Image: A drive-thru station in Seoul, South Korea

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According to Korean news agency Yonhap News, the station at Yeungnam University Medical Centre is visited by about 350 cars a day.
South Korea has confirmed a total of 6,593 coronavirus cases as of Friday, with 40 deaths.
Most of the cases are in and around Daegu, the country’s fourth-largest city.
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Source : Sky News