China bans discharging medical sewage without proper disinfection

The Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China has recently issued circular urging local authorities to step up supervision on medical and urban sewage disposal to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus through feces and sewage.

The Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China has recently issued circular urging local authorities to step up supervision on medical and urban sewage disposal to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus through feces and sewage.

According to the circular, for where the epidemic has broken out, the local environmental department shall guide and urge relevant medical institutions to collect and treat the sewage and medical waste separately to ensure up-to-standard discharge.

As for those who do not have medical sewage treatment facilities or up-to-standard sewage treatment capacity, the ministry urged building temporary sewage treatment tanks following the local conditions. Disinfection of medical sewage should be closely supervised and inspected. It is strictly prohibited to discharge wastewater without proper disinfection to avoid contamination.

Along with the circular, a trial plan to treat medical sewage during the outbreak pinpoints that designated medical institutions, quarantine areas, and related research facilities which receive patients infected with the novel coronavirus or suspected of the virus infection should strengthen sterilization and disinfection to ensure that the indicators such as the number of fecal coliforms meet the relevant requirements.

Source: Xinhua news

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