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Coronavirus

China's giant tech companies join fight against deadly coronavirus

'Nurse robots,' big data, artificial intelligence and chatbots become unlikely lifesavers

A boy watches a robot at Shanghai's Pudong International Airport as Chinese tech companies start to deploy their wealth, technological prowess and massive databases to help combat the coronavirus outbreak.    © Reuters

HONG KONG/PALO ALTO, U.S. -- From cloud-based artificial intelligence to chatbots and even "nurse robots," Chinese tech companies are deploying their wealth, technological prowess and massive databases to help combat the coronavirus outbreak, which has so far killed 170 people and infected over 7,000 around the country.

Ride-hailing company Didi is ferrying medical workers across certain cities. Shenzhen-based Tencent Holdings, whose WeChat instant messaging app has over 1 billion users, has launched an outpatient clinic map to help WeChat users locate the nearest clinic.

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