The coronavirus outbreak that originated in China has killed more than 17,000 people worldwide and infected more than 398,000, according to recent totals.
The virus, which causes a disease known as COVID-19, has spread to 169 countries, and the majority of infections and deaths are now outside of China.
As the outbreak spreads, robots are being used to disinfect, take temperatures, and even prepare food.
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Around the world, robots are being used to minimize the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, by taking on cleaning and food preparation jobs that are considered dangerous for humans.
The worldwide death toll of the coronavirus disease that originated in Wuhan, China, is now more than 17,000, and the virus has infected more than 398,000 people. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared it a pandemic. The virus has disrupted travel worldwide, leading to flight cancellations, quarantines, and other breakdowns in movement and supply chains.
Take a look at some of the clever ways robots are used around the world to slow the spread of the coronavirus and help healthcare workers.
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In Wuhan, where the outbreak started, a robot spraying disinfectant moves through a residential area of the city.
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Volunteers refilled the robot with disinfectant on March 3.
Workers on scooters control the robot.
A patrol robot in a Shenyang, China, hospital checks temperatures and disinfects people and spaces.
These robots are used at hospitals to cut down on demands on medical staff.
Hangzhou, China, is yet another city using robots to disinfect large areas.
They’re controlled via remote control, and can be seen getting refilled here.
Hangzhou’s disinfecting robots look notably different from those in Wuhan and Shenyang, resembling miniature tanks.
Another robot disinfectant in Luoyang is remote-controlled and able to climb stairs.
Anhui, China has a fleet of disinfecting robots ready to start working.
This hand sanitizer-dispensing robot was photographed in Shanghai on March 4.
On March 11, robots in the Hunan province in China conduct morning temperature checks.
Engineers have also modified the robots to record data, give feedback, and even disinfect people’s hands.
Immediate feedback can make the containment process faster and more efficient.
Robots are being used for more than just disinfecting areas with coronavirus. A hospital in Ezhou has incorporated a robot chef into its kitchen.
The robot can reportedly produce 100 pots of rice per hour.
The robot operates without human supervision, which minimizes the number of people in the hospital exposed to the virus.
Sharing food presents an opportunity to spread the virus, so some cities have been incorporating robots in food service and preparation.
This robot delivered food to diners in Hangzhou.
Beijing-based Zhen Robotics says that its yellow robots are in demand to deliver groceries and patrol malls for people not wearing face masks.
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