Iran is using police water cannons loaded with chemical spray to disinfect streets in Tehran as a protective measure against coronavirus, semi-official Tasnim News Agency reported on Sunday.
These are the same units that were used during demonstrations to disburse protesters, according to Twitter users.
“Special Forces Units of Iran’s Islamic Regime Police, which played a key role in suppression of #RecentProtests used their water cannon equipped trucks to combat #Coronavirus,” said Twitter user Babak Taghvaee in a tweet.
Today, Special Forces Units of #Iran's Islamic Regime Police which played key role in suppression of #RecentProtests used their water cannon equipped trucks to combat #CoronaVirus/#COVID2019 in #Tehran.As a result of the reckless use of the water cannons, civilians got injured pic.twitter.com/hpZNmMukh6— Babak Taghvaee (@BabakTaghvaee) March 1, 2020
The vehicles are equipped with disinfectants and “can cover every corner of the city,” according to the agency.
Watch: Here is Tehran, #Iran capital. Water cannon is used to disinfect roads and cars at Iconic Enghelab Square. A banner fixed on the truck reads “#Coronavirus crackdown operation”. #irancoronavirus official death toll is 54 so far and is expected to rise. pic.twitter.com/PJYaeGClVT— Habib Abdolhossein (@HAbdolhossein) March 1, 2020
There are some chemical disinfectants that can kill the new coronavirus including bleach/chlorine-based disinfectants, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). However, these have “little or no impact” on the virus if they are put directly on the skin and can be “dangerous.”
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