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Coronavirus: Spain to use artificial intelligence to automate testing

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The Spanish government is planning to test 80,000 people a day for coronavirus with the roll-out of robot testers. Technology will be used to speed up testing of people in Spain, one of the countries hardest hit by the Covid-19 outbreak, with more than 200 deaths so far. According to Bloomberg, Spanish authorities now plan to increase daily testing from about 20,000 a day to 80,000, by using four robots to apply artificial intelligence (AI) to testing. Speaking at a conference on Saturday 21 March, Raquel Yotti, head of Madrid's health institute, said: "A plan to automate tests through robots has already been designed and Spain has committed to buying four robots that will allow us to execute 80,000 tests per day." Because of the ease that coronavirus spreads from person to person, testing has been identified as one of the best ways to control the disease.


Coronavirus robots that 'test 80,000 patients a day' deployed in AI breakthrough

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Spain will unleash robots capable of testing 80,000 patients a day into the heart of its coronavirus fight. The Spanish government says it will deploy the machines that will increase testing from its current daily figure of between 15,000 and 20,000. Raquel Yotti, head of Madrid's Health Institute Carlos III, said the plans to deploy the robots are already under way. She spoke as Spain's death toll surpassed 1,300 and the number of cases reached nearly 25,000. She said at a conference: "A plan to automate tests through robots has been already designed, and Spain has committed to buying four robots that will allow us to execute 80,000 tests per day."