A pair of robots are helping the fight against the potentially life-threatening coronavirus.
The robots are dispensing masks, hand sanitiser, napkins and up-to-date information on how to combat the unfolding pandemic to the public.
A pilot scheme has been started by a government-funded tech incubator, Kerala Start-Up Mission (KSUM), in association with Asimov Robotics.
If successful, the scheme could be rolled-out to other places, according to KSUM chief executive Saji Gopinath.
"We are mulling over installing such robots in public places such as airports," says Saji.
One of the robots specialises in dispensing sanitiser and napkins, as well as masks, while the other features a screen displaying details of current World Health Organization campaigns concerning the Coronavirus outbreak.
The CEO of Asimov robotics reckons the AI could play an essential part in the coming weeks to help tackle the pandemic.
He said: "A public apathy towards preventive measures against coronavirus has prompted institutions to go for such a drive."
Separately, in China, doctors have already started training to use a robot arm which is designed to carry out tasks to limit frontline workers contracting the virus.
Researchers at a top university created a robotic arm on wheels that can perform ultrasounds, take mouth swabs and listen to sounds made by a patient's organs which is usually done with a stethoscope.
Tsinghua University Professor Zheng Gangtie, the robot's chief designer said: "Doctors are all very brave, but this virus is just too contagious. We can use robots to perform the most dangerous tasks."
In other recent advancements, a UK lab say they have designed a quick and easy to use a kit which will allow you to find out if you have the killer bug even if you don't show any symptoms, in 15 minutes.
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