Surin province in the northeast region of Thailand has turned old phone booths into coronavirus test kiosks that will be placed outside multiple hospitals across the region.
The project is a cooperation between the state telecom enterprise, Telephone Organization of Thailand (TOT), and local officials.
The first batch of 10 covid-19 boxes was handed over to five hospitals in Surin last Thursday and will make conducting tests for the virus quickly, easier, and safer.
TOT has been busy converting hundreds of old telephone booths to help address the shortage of PPE in hospitals and to help to reduce the risk of medical personnel catching the virus.
The boxes use two circular holes on the side where workers can insert their hands and take samples from patients. Each booth is equipped with a fan and a filter.
The project will roll out to more hospitals across Surin over the coming days with plans to have covid-19 boxes outside many hospitals nationwide in the future.