Guangzhou Customs creates biosafety ‘shelters’

Guangzhou Customs has created – and patented – the country’s first “mobile integrated biosafety shelter”. It went into operation at Guangzhou’s Baiyun International Airport on May 6. The shelter, which is built as a collection of pod-like cabins, each shaped like a typical prefab office space, has been established under the “National Key R&D Program” of the Ministry of Science and Technology. The cabins can be added to or subtracted from, like Lego building blocks, for different usage scenarios across a wide range of port types, whether they be at sea, land or airports. They will also be widely used at medical institutions and isolated observation points.

The square cabin is 12 meters long, 3.5 meters wide, and 3 meters high. It is pressurized, and reaches biosafety level 2 (P2) or higher. Customs officers can safely carry out quarantine work such as epidemiological investigation, sample collection, case observation, and rapid testing in the cabin, processing five passengers at a time. SCN.

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