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Thailand turns telephone booths into coronavirus testing kiosks

A medical worker at a hospital in Surin, Thiailand administers a coronavirus test through a 'Covid Box' made by state telephone company TOT out of an old phone booth.
A medical worker at a hospital in Surin, Thiailand administers a coronavirus test through a 'Covid Box' made by state telephone company TOT out of an old phone booth.

A relics of a bygone era are helping to ease a modern plague in Thailand, which is retasking telephone booths as coronavirus testing stations.

The state-run Telephone Organization of Thailand handed over 10 phone booths modified into Covid Boxes” to five hospitals in the northeastern province of Surin May 21.

These are among the first batch of testing kiosks to be deployed, with more being sent to other hospitals.

TOT has been making hundreds of Covid Boxes from disused public-telephone booths to help address the shortage of personal protective equipment and reduce infection risks among healthcare workers across the country.

The units have two circular holes on the side for healthcare workers to insert their hands and collect samples from people.  The cubicles are equipped with fans and filters to prevent aerosol from entering the compartment.