Monaco begins disinfecting its streets

Government of Monaco

The authorities in Monaco began the disinfection programme to sterilise all the streets and roads in the Principality, amid the global coronavirus pandemic.


The Government of Monaco said that public areas will now be disinfected every day of the week by a team of more than 30 public workers. All pavements, station platforms, public elevators and ramp ways will be treated with a disinfectant.


“It is important that we use all our teams and all our resources to reduce the risk of contamination for citizens, residents and employees in Monaco. This additional action will contribute to this. I would like to thank the management of the Société Monégasque d’Assainissement [Monaco Sanitation Society] and its teams for their efforts and responsiveness,” said Marie-Pierre Gramaglia, Minister of Public Works, the Environment and Town Planning.


To sterilise pavements, workers will spray disinfectant alongside roughly 8,000 litres of water. The disinfectant is biodegradable and has the scent of woodland pine.


Does disinfecting streets prevent the spread of coronavirus?

In an effort to combat the spread of the disease, trucks are spraying disinfectant on the streets of China, Italy, South Korea and Iran, among other countries. However, it is still unclear whether such disinfection efforts destroy coronaviruses outside. While the COVID-19 can be picked up by touching surfaces contaminated with the new coronavirus, it is not clear yet how long the virus can survive outside the human body. Coronavirus exposure from outdoor surfaces may be limited and person-to-person contact appears the most likely route of transmission for COVID-19.