Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv football stadium installs tunnel to disinfect players

A special tunnel has been installed at Bloomfield Stadium which enables football players arriving for matches to be sprayed with a disinfectant mist
Reuters

A football ground in Israel has installed a tunnel which sprays players arriving for matches with a disinfectant mist, which it hopes will help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv is home to Hapoel Tel Aviv, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Bnei Yehuda, who all play in the Israeli Premier League, which has recently restarted behind closed doors after being suspended due to the pandemic.

The tunnel uses electrolysed water - produced by the electrolysis of water and salt - which has been approved for use as a disinfectant.

A water pump machine senses when someone enters the tunnel and spray nozzles automatically open for 15 seconds, bathing players and their belongings in a sanitising mist.

"We are not a cure for the coronavirus, we are fighting against its spread,” said Eran Druker, president for business development at RD Pack, an Israeli company which installed the disinfectant dispersal system into the tunnel.

In April, US President Donald Trump was lambasted by the medical community after suggesting research into whether coronavirus might be treated by injecting disinfectant into the body.

Coronavirus spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes small droplets - packed with the virus - into the air. These can be breathed in, or cause an infection if you touch a surface they have landed on, then your eyes, nose or mouth.

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