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Meet some of the world's coronavirus-fighting robots and drones

Robots safely disinfect, inform the public and take the physical place of humans during the coronavirus pandemic.

January 26, 2021 / 05:18 PM IST
Robot Franziska cries because someone stands in its way while cleaning the floor as a replacement for the missing cleaning personnel due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic during a three-week test phase at the Neuperlach hospital in Munich, Germany, January 25. (Image: Reuters)
Robot Franziska cries because someone stands in its way while cleaning the floor. The robot served as a replacement for the missing cleaning personnel due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic during a three-week test phase at the Neuperlach hospital in Munich, Germany, January 25. (Image: Reuters)
Humanoid robot Sophia developed by Hanson Robotics is pictured at the company's lab in Hong Kong, China January 12. (Image: Reuters)
Humanoid robot Sophia developed by Hanson Robotics is pictured at the company's lab in Hong Kong, China January 12. (Image: Reuters)
A volunteer with the Blue Sky Rescue team fills a robot with disinfectant during an operation to disinfect Yuegezhuang wholesale market following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Beijing, China January 9. (Image: CNS Photo via Reuters)
A volunteer with the Blue Sky Rescue team fills a robot with disinfectant during an operation to disinfect Yuegezhuang wholesale market after a COVID-19 outbreak in Beijing, China January 9. (Image: CNS Photo via Reuters)
People receive their order from a robot which serves food to customers at a restaurant, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Kerbala, Iraq November 25, 2020. (Image: Reuters)
People receive their order from a robot which serves food to customers at a restaurant, amid the spread of the COVID-19 in Kerbala, Iraq November 25, 2020. (Image: Reuters)
A volunteer is examined by Cira 3, a remote-controlled robot that runs tests on suspected coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients to limit the human exposure to the virus, amid a second wave of infections in Tanta, Egypt, November 18, 2020. (Image: Reuters)
A volunteer is examined by Cira 3, a remote-controlled robot that runs tests on suspected COVID-19 patients to limit the human exposure to the virus, amid a second wave of infections in Tanta, Egypt, November 18, 2020. (Image: Reuters)
SoftBank's robotics arm demonstrates a food service robot Servi, developed by California-based Bear Robotics to Japan as restaurants grapple with labour shortages and seek to ensure social distancing during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, September 28, 2020. (Image: Reuters)
SoftBank's robotics arm demonstrates a food service robot Servi, developed by California-based Bear Robotics to Japan as restaurants grapple with labour shortages and seek to ensure social distancing during a COVID-19 outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, September 28, 2020. (Image: Reuters)
An ultraviolet (UV) robot designed to significantly reduce the risk of hospital acquired infections cleans St Pancras International station, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in London, Britain, September 23, 2020. (Image: Reuters)
An ultraviolet (UV) robot designed to significantly reduce the risk of hospital acquired infections cleans St Pancras International station, amid a COVID-19 outbreak, in London, Britain, September 23, 2020. (Image: Reuters)
A cleaner photographs an Ultrasonic Disinfection Atomiser cleaning robot, known as an Eco Bot 50 as it cleans St Pancras International station, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in London, Britain, September 23, 2020. (Image: Reuters)
A cleaner photographs an Ultrasonic Disinfection Atomiser cleaning robot, known as an Eco Bot 50 as it cleans St Pancras International station, amid COVID-19 outbreak in London, Britain, September 23, 2020. (Image: Reuters)
The remote-controlled robot that has been built by the Egyptian mechanical engineer, Mahmoud El komy, tests a boy for the coronavirus by running PCR tests, limiting exposure to suspected cases, during the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Cairo, Egypt June 12, 2020. (Image: Reuters)
The remote-controlled robot that has been built by the Egyptian mechanical engineer, Mahmoud El komy, tests a boy for the coronavirus by running PCR tests, limiting exposure to suspected cases, during the global outbreak of  COVID-19 in Cairo, Egypt June 12, 2020. (Image: Reuters)
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first published: Jan 26, 2021 05:18 pm

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