An array of cardboard beds awaits travelers at one Japanese airport who are waiting for the results of COVID-19 screening tests.
The temporary beds will be used by passengers who have arrived in Japan from overseas and are waiting to be tested, a requirement for those traveling from certain locations.
The results can come as quickly as six hours.
However, even in a time when there is a reduced volume of passengers flying, there is still a backlog of tests, which means that passengers may need to remain at the airport for as long as two days, according to Japan’s Health Ministry.
Passengers entering Japan can’t access public transportation until they have been cleared, which means they must wait at the airport.
The airport currently has other facilities nearby, but added the holding area in the baggage claim section as those facilities have been full.
The beds used at the airport were made to be used in times when evacuation centers would need to be opened after some type of disaster.
“There are facilities near the airport for people to stay, so as far as I know the beds haven’t been used yet – or if they have, it’s only been very briefly,” one unnamed Health Ministry official told Reuters.
The waiting area is staffed by individuals who wear protective gear, CNN reported.
The unique cardboard hotel drew many comments on Twitter.
Who had this stupid idea?
Did learn with diamond princess?
Japanese government dont understand cross contamination ?
Airborne? Feces? Droplets?
Did you not have a simple science class???
— Brunna Tom (@bruna_tom) April 14, 2020
This is how returnees stay at Narita Airport (JAPAN) until they receive test results.
★Makeshift beds are made of cardboard.
★It can be easily incinerated after use and “eco-friendly”.
★The price of a set of futon (covers) is appx JPY13000 ($120). https://t.co/cuDx5D0PIH
— Tomo (@Tomo20309138) April 9, 2020
Thread from an epidemiologist on why Narita Airport setting up cardboard beds and asking travelers to await test results — while shocking to see — is an effective way to contain Covid-19 https://t.co/YnMxAqUN9G
— Hiroko Tabuchi #StayAtHome (@HirokoTabuchi) April 11, 2020
Narita airport’s baggage claim is now a cardboard hotel for passengers to wait at until their coronavirus test results are back.
The cardboard beds are comfortable, there are rice balls, but the lights stay on. https://t.co/ZaPfB67YsU
— Will Horton (@winglets747) April 10, 2020
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