Taipei: Taiwan's high speed rail and regular railway services said Wednesday that they are stepping up efforts against the novel coronavirus outbreak, partly in anticipation of spikes in traffic during the April 2 5 Tomb Sweeping Festival.
Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. (THSRC) said it installed two infrared thermometers at its Taoyuan Station on Wednesday and another 10 of the thermometer systems are to be installed in the Taipei, Taichung and Zuoying stations by the Tomb Sweeping Festival.
The machines screen passengers' body temperatures before they enter the station, and if an abnormality appears, station workers will take the passenger's temperature again with a thermometer gun, the company said.
Any passenger showing a temperature above 37.5 degrees Celsius will be advised to not take the train, it said.
All 12 high speed rail stations across Taiwan will be equipped with the machines by the end of April, according to the company.
Another measure being taken is to sell only reserved seats on all 1,050 train services scheduled for April 1 6, which is aimed at preventing overcrowding, the company said.
No non reserved tickets, which allow people to stand if there are no seats available in the non reserved carriages, will be sold for travel on those six days.
In addition, no period tickets, multi ride tickets and smart cards such as EasyCard and iPASS co branded cards, will be accepted, the company said.
THSRC, which currently offers about 180,000 rides per day, said it will also disinfect its stations every two hours, rather than every four hours previously, and it has been fully disinfecting its carriages every day using special equipment to fight the coronavirus.
The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said, meanwhile, that it will install 32 infrared thermometers at 15 stations before the holiday.
TRA head Chang Chen yuan (???) said four machines will be installed at Taipei Main Station and two at each of the railway's stations in Keelung, Banqiao, Taoyuan, Zhongli, Hsinchu, Taichung, Changhua, Chiayi, Tainan, Xinzuoying, Kaohsiung, Yilan, Hualien and Taitung.
Chang said it still needs to hold further discussions with the Transportation Ministry to finalize how passengers will be handled based on the thermometer's readings.
The TRA serves around 600,000 passengers each day
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel