Taiwan army’s chemical warfare group joins disinfection work in Taoyuan

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Specialists from the 6th Army Corps’ 33 Chemical Warfare Group were deployed on Tuesday to disinfect various areas in Taoyuan City following the revelations of two local cases’ activity history by the health officials on Monday.   

In response to reports of rising local cases, Taiwan’s Army (陸軍) deployed troops to spray disinfectant in areas visited by confirmed cases.  

Specialists from the 6th Army Corps’ 33 Chemical Warfare Group have been deployed to disinfect the areas surrounding Danan market. (Courtesy of Military New Agency)

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, 中央流行疫情指揮中心) said on Monday that both cases had visited Taoyuan’s Danan Market (大湳市場) from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m on Jan. 19 and stopped at the “Start on Start” dim sum restaurant (星上星港式飲茶) from 5:40 p.m. to 7:50 p.m.  

On Jan. 21, both cases were at the Bade-Dongyong (八德東勇店) PX Mart store (全聯) from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.  

They were also at the Moominlu Bakery in Taoyuan, Bade District, on Jan. 22 from 2:40 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. Both were at the Taoyuan’s Danan Market, again, on Jan. 23 from 10:40 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  

Specialists from the 6th Army Corps’ 33 Chemical Warfare Group have been deployed to disinfect the areas surrounding Danan market. (Courtesy of Military New Agency)

Following the report, Taoyuan’s Environmental Maintenance and Inspection Division said on Monday that they had disinfected Danan Market for two days in a row. 

Sergeant Lu (呂侑芯), who headed the troop, said that this was her first time leading such a mission and that she felt honored and happy to be able to come here and commit to serving the nation.  

Meanwhile, Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) went to the Bade district on Monday to inspect Danan market’s disinfected areas.   

Cheng said that the city would expand the scope of disinfection and the Chemical Warfare Group would join the cleaning team in sanitizing public areas around the Danan market for the second time to ensure the safety of the community.