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Chinese Hospitals Introduce Robots To Help Treat Coronavirus Patients

Claire Reid

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Chinese Hospitals Introduce Robots To Help Treat Coronavirus Patients

Hospitals in China have taken on special robots to help out during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Wuhan Tongji Tianyou Hospital, Wuhan Union Hospital and Shanghai Sixth People's Hospital have each taken shipments of robots to help reduce the workload for the human staff.

The robots can be used to take temperatures, clean up, and deliver meals and medication to patients. Clever, eh?

CloudMinds employees unload a robot shipment at Wuhan's Tongji Tianyou Hospital. Credit: CloudMinds
CloudMinds employees unload a robot shipment at Wuhan's Tongji Tianyou Hospital. Credit: CloudMinds

The high-tech hospitals are equipped with 5G, meaning doctors can instantly see stats and recordings made by the robots.

Additionally, the machines are also able to self-disinfect after coming into contact with patients, helping to stop the spread of potential infections.

The robots were donated by tech company CloudMinds in February and were up and running in under a week.

Officials in China are hopeful that smart tech, like these little robots, will help reduce some of the strain on the 3,000 medical staff working across Hubei Province.

CloudMinds' Cloud Pepper robot. Credit: CloudMinds
CloudMinds' Cloud Pepper robot. Credit: CloudMinds

There are reports of other hospitals also utilising robots to help cope with demands.

To date, there have been more than 116,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 worldwide, with the death toll topping 4,000.

In the UK, a sixth death was confirmed today (Tuesday 10 March) with Chief Medical Officer for England Professor Chris Whitty saying: "I am sorry to confirm a sixth patient in England who tested positive for Covid-19 has sadly died. I offer my sincere condolences to their family and friends and ask that their privacy is respected.

"The patient, who was being treated by West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, was in their eighties and had underlying health conditions. It appears the virus was acquired in the UK and full contact tracing has begun."

The death comes just hours after the UK Government said the virus will spread throughout the country.

An official spokesperson for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "We remain in the contain phase but it is now accepted that this virus is going to spread in a significant way."

In a speech Johnson attempted to calm worried Brits, saying: "And let me be absolutely clear that for the overwhelming majority of people who contract the virus, this will be a mild disease from which they will speedily and fully recover as we've already seen.

"But I fully understand public concern, your concern, about the global spread of this virus. And it is highly likely that we will see a growing number of UK cases.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"And that's why keeping the country safe is the government's overriding priority. And our plan means we're committed to doing everything possible based on the advice of our world leading scientific experts to prepare for all eventualities.

"Let's not forget - we already have a fantastic NHS, fantastic testing systems and fantastic surveillance of the spread of disease.

"We will make sure the NHS gets all the support it needs to continue their brilliant response to the virus so far."

It's okay to not panic. LADbible and UNILAD's aim with our campaign, Cutting Through, is to provide our community with facts and stories from the people who are either qualified to comment or have experienced first-hand the situation we're facing. For more information from the World Health Organisation on Coronavirus, click here.

Featured Image Credit: CloudMinds

Topics: Science, World News, coronavirus, Technology

Claire Reid
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