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Street spraying not recommended, says WHO

The retail zone of the Mercado de Abastos wholesale market in Guadalajara was closed for three days this week to enable additional sanitization measures to be implemented.

pg5bThe market receives 70,000 visitors daily and, according to Salvador Hernández, president of the Merchants Union, has become the most important food distribution hub in the country since activity at the Abastos market in Mexico City was reduced by 80 percent after more than 50 workers there were infected by Sars-VoV-2.

However, according to a set of guidelines published recently by the World Health Organization, the kind of sprayings that have been used to clean the maze of streets that constitute Guadalajara’s huge wholesale market are not recommended to kill the Covid-19 virus, because “disinfectant is inactivated by dirt and debris and it is not feasible to manually clean and remove all organic matter from such spaces.”

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