Thursday, Aug 06, 2020 | Last Update : 07:42 PM IST

135th Day Of Lockdown

Maharashtra46826530552116476 Tamil Nadu2734602148154461 Andhra Pradesh1864611043541681 Karnataka151449746792804 Delhi1402321261164044 Uttar Pradesh104388605581857 West Bengal83800589621846 Telangana7095850814576 Gujarat65704485612529 Bihar6203140760349 Assam4816233429115 Rajasthan4667932832732 Haryana3779631226448 Odisha3768124483258 Madhya Pradesh3508225414912 Kerala279561629988 Jammu and Kashmir2239614856417 Punjab1901512491462 Jharkhand140705199129 Chhatisgarh10109761369 Uttarakhand8008484795 Goa7075511460 Tripura5520367528 Puducherry4147253758 Manipur301818147 Himachal Pradesh2879171013 Nagaland24056594 Arunachal Pradesh179011053 Chandigarh120671520 Meghalaya9173305 Sikkim7832971 Mizoram5022820
  Technology   Gadgets  21 Mar 2020  Robots, app help coronavirus detection, contact tracing in Thailand, Singapore

Robots, app help coronavirus detection, contact tracing in Thailand, Singapore

AFP / REUTERS
Published : Mar 21, 2020, 3:19 pm IST
Updated : Mar 21, 2020, 3:19 pm IST

Technology is providing solutions at a time when social distancing is most important to curb the coronavirus pandemic

In this photo taken on March 18, 2020 engineering students configure a medical robot modified to screen and observe COVID-19 coronavirus patients at the Regional Center of Robotics Technology at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. (Photo | AFP)
 In this photo taken on March 18, 2020 engineering students configure a medical robot modified to screen and observe COVID-19 coronavirus patients at the Regional Center of Robotics Technology at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. (Photo | AFP)

Bangkok: Thai hospitals are deploying “ninja robots” to measure fevers and protect the health of overburdened medical workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak.

Built to monitor recovering stroke patients, the machines have been repurposed to help fight the disease, which has killed more than 11,000 people around the world.

 

They help staff at four hospitals in and around Bangkok to reduce their risk of infection by allowing doctors and nurses to speak to patients over a video link.

“They can stand outside the room and communicate with patients inside through the robot,” said Viboon Sangveraphunsiri of Chulalongkorn University.

Later models will be designed to bring food and medicine to patients, and could eventually be used to disinfect hospital wards, Viboon said.

His engineering team is racing to build more ninjas — known as such because of their matte black exterior—for another 10 hospitals around the country.

Thailand has more than 400 confirmed COVID-19 infections, including at least one death. More than 40 have recovered and been discharged from hospital. Authorities recently ordered the closure of bars, massage parlours and entertainment venues to help prevent new cases.

 

New rules also require visitors entering the country to produce a health certificate.

Meanwhile in Singapore, where the first two deaths due to coronavirus were reported on Friday, a new mobile application called TraceTogether was launched the same day to aid in contact tracing efforts.

The app works by sending Bluetooth signals between phones within close proximity of 2 metres to detect other users of the app. Users then send this data, which the app stores locally, to the health ministry when requested.

From this data, the ministry’s tech experts can map all the people whom a person testing positive for the SARS-CoV2 virus has been in close physical contact with.

 

Use of the app, which was developed by Singapore's Government Technology Agency (GovTech) and the country’s ministry of health, is voluntary. The government has not mandated the use of the app and relies on citizens to step up on their own to help with the contact tracing process.

The government also assured users that the data stored by the app would be encrypted and that it will not access any other information from the phone such as its location. “The engineering has preserved the privacy of the users from each other,” Janil Puthucheary, a senior minister of state was quoted as saying by Reuters.

Singapore been lauded globally for its quick and meticulous approach to tackling the outbreak.  Likely carriers of the contagion are also being tracked down using the police and security cameras.

 

Tags: robots, coronavirus, mobile apps, singapore, thailand, data encryption, security cameras