Chinese Robots Used To Take Throat Swabs To Fight Covid Outbreak

0
Chinese Robots Used To Take Throat Swabs To Fight Covid Outbreak
Chinese Robots Used To Take Throat Swabs To Fight Covid Outbreak. image: China State Media

Chinese Robots Used To Take Throat Swabs To Fight Covid Outbreak.

A Chinese city has deployed robots to take Covid-19 throat swabs as the country ramps up mass testing to stamp out local coronavirus outbreaks. In the northern city of Shenyang, robotic arms, built to collect samples quickly while lowering the risk of cross-infection between people, are being used as part of a campaign to suppress a rise in cases in the surrounding province.

-- Advertisement --

Seemingly unperturbed by the futuristic scene before them, people waited patiently in a line and placed their government identification cards in a scanner, before a recorded message in a polite female voice instructed them to open up their mouths.

A robotic arm, sheathed in a layer of protective plastic, extended a swab stick through a hole in a screen and towards their tonsils. A human colleague in a hazmat suit controlled its movements from a safe distance away, guided by a camera on the robot.


China had largely brought the virus under control since it first emerged in the central city of Wuhan over a year ago. But in recent weeks, China has seen fresh local outbreaks across the country, prompting localised lockdowns, travel restrictions and widespread testing of tens of millions of people.

More than 20 million people are now under some form of lockdown in the country’s northern regions. During the pandemic, robots have been used to replace humans in roles ranging from hotel porters to food delivery drivers, amid fears that contact with service workers could spread the virus.


 


Thank you for taking the time to read this news article “Chinese Robots Used To Take Throat Swabs To Fight Covid Outbreak”. For more UK daily news, Spanish daily news and Global news stories, visit the Euro Weekly News home page.





LEAVE A COMMENT

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here