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Coronavirus

Coronavirus-testing robot in Japan takes on key tasks, reducing lab strain

Automated PCR screening would ease labor shortage and lower infection risk

The testing robot will be based on a Kawasaki Heavy dual-arm unit, designed for tasks such as assembly and packaging of electronic components. (Photo courtesy of Medicaroid)

KOBE, Japan -- A Japanese medical technology company plans to develop a robot that can automate much of the process of coronavirus testing, as concerns mount in the country over a potential second wave of infections.

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