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PHOTOS: Robot that can detect coronavirus and enforce face mask rules undergoes trials

A human-like robot that can test for coronavirus and tell patients off for not wearing a face mask is undergoing trials in a hospital.

The trial is taking place at a private hospital in Cairo, Egypt, as the African county faces a second wave.

The mechanical nurse, dubbed Cira-03, can take the temperature of Covid-19 sufferers and even perform blood tests.

The robot has a human-like face and robotic arms.

Robot that can detect coronavirus and enforce face mask rules undergoes trials

Built by an Egyptian inventor, the robot can also perform echocardiograms, X-rays and display the results to patients on a screen installed in its chest.

The bot was designed to look as realistic as possible to stop patients from being afraid, according to inventor Mahmoud El Komy.

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It tests a patient for coronavirus by cupping their chin and then extending its arm with a swab into their mouth.

El Komy said Cira-03 will help limit exposure to the infection and prevent transmission.

Robot that can detect coronavirus and enforce face mask rules undergoes trials

He said: “I tried to make the robot seem more human so that the patient doesn’t fear it. So they don’t feel like a box is walking in on them

“There has been a positive response from patients.

“They saw the robot and weren’t afraid. On the contrary, there is more trust in this because the robot is more precise than humans.”

The remote-controlled robot scuttles around the hospital on wheels.

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The trial comes as Egyptian authorities confirm the country faces a second spike in cases of coronavirus.

In total, Egypt has seen 113,027 cases of the disease, with 6,548 deaths.

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