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

Spain will unleash robots capable of testing 80,000 patients a day into the heart of its coronavirus crisis.

The Spanish government says it will deploy the machines that will increase testing from its reported 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 is 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."

It comes after the government in Spain warned that "the worst is yet to come".

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said: “We have yet to receive the impact of the strongest, most damaging wave, which will test our material and moral capacities to the limit, as well as our spirit as a society."

It has the second-worst outbreak in Europe behind Italy.

Madrid has been the worst-hit area in Spain, with 60 per cent of the nation's deaths.

In the UK, the death toll in the UK reached 233 while the number of cases has surpassed 5,000.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who dramatically ordered restaurants and pubs to shut this week, warned the NHS could become "overwhelmed".

He said: "Unless we act together, unless we make the heroic and collective national effort to slow the spread – then it is all too likely that our own NHS will be similarly overwhelmed.

"The Italians have a superb health-care system.

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"And yet their doctors and nurses have been completely overwhelmed by the demand."

He also urged people to avoid seeing their mums on Mother's Day on Sunday.

Johnson continued: "The single best present that we can give … is to spare them the risk of catching a very dangerous disease."

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