November 28, 2021

Robots deployed to welcome and clean in a Japanese hotel for Covid-19 patients

Robot staff are operating at a Tokyo hotel used for mildly ill Covid-19 patients as part of a new plan to free up beds in overcrowded hospitals with more severe cases.

epper, a talking robot, greeted the new guests in the lobby, while Whiz, a cleaning robot, operates in areas where patients pick up meals and other daily necessities to reduce the risk of infection for human staff.

Pepper, wearing a white surgical mask, greeted Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike as she entered the hotel during Friday’s protest.

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A humanoid Pepper robot wearing a face mask is placed at a hotel lobby door (Eugene Hoshiko / AP)

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A humanoid Pepper robot wearing a face mask is placed at a hotel lobby door (Eugene Hoshiko / AP)

Pepper also reminds patients to check their temperature and get good rest.

The robots, manufactured by SoftBank Robotics, will be deployed at other hotels rented by the Tokyo government for patients with no symptoms or mild symptoms.

Tokyo has so far secured five hotels with 1,500 to 2,800 rooms.

Japan has 14,281 confirmed cases and 432 deaths, according to the health ministry tally.

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