Rwanda deploys robots to fight COVID-19

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Rwanda is set to fight COVID-19 with humanoid robots that will help minimise risks of infections among health care workers, authorities.

Five anti-epidemic robots – named Akazuba, Ikirezi, Mwiza, Ngabo, and Urumuri – will be mainly used to administer temperature checks, monitor patient status, and keep medical records of COVID-19 patients, the Health Ministry announced in a series of tweets.

“These high-tech robots have the capacity to screen 50 to 150 people per minute, deliver food and medication to patient rooms, capture data and notify officers on duty about detected abnormalities,” the ministry disclosed.

UNDP representative Stephen Rodriques said the project marks the “beginning of a great collaboration and it’s part of a broader partnership” with the East African country.

Rwanda, a major innovation and technology hub in Africa, has recorded 308 coronavirus cases so far, with zero deaths and 209 recoveries, according to official figures.

To date, more than 52,300 tests have been carried out in the country of over 12 million.

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