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Egyptian hospital trials robot that can test for Covid-19

A volunteer is examined by Cira-03, a remote-controlled robot that runs tests on suspected coronavirus disease patients to limit the human exposure (Reuters)

With Egypt facing a second coronavirus wave, an inventor is trialing a remote-control robot which can test for Covid-19.

The machine can also take the temperature of patients and warn them if they don’t wear masks at a private hospital north of Cairo.

Mahmoud el-Komy, who designed the robot, called Cira-03, says it can help limit exposure to infection and prevent the transmission of the virus.

His creation, which has a human-like face and head and robotic arms, can take blood tests, perform echocardiograms and X-rays, and display the results to patients on a screen attached to its chest.

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‘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,’ he said.

The robot is remote controlled and limits human exposure to the virus (Reuters)

‘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.’

Cira-03 tests a patient for coronavirus by cupping their chin and then extending an arm with a swab into their mouth.

Cira-03 is being trialled in a private hospital north of Cairo (Reuters)
The hospital says the patients have responded positively to the robot (Reuters)

Abu Bakr El-Mihi, head of a private hospital where the robot is being tested, said they were using the robot to take the temperature of anyone suspected of having Covid-19.

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