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  • Writer's pictureKevin Caldwell

Robots and COVID


Published: March 31, 2022 Authorities in Shanghai are relying on robot dogs with loudspeakers strapped to their backs to enforce the latest round of COVID lockdowns. A video out of the city shows a robot dog scuttling down a residential street barking out orders and reminding people to stay inside their homes. The streets of the city, which has a population of over 26 million, are completely deserted. Robot dogs have been used throughout Asian countries during the pandemic to enforce lockdown measures and social distancing. A video out of South Korea showed a robot dog made by US-based Boston Dynamics fitted with a surveillance camera monitoring how busy Bishan-Ang Moh Kio Park was. “It also carries a loudspeaker to broadcast social-distancing messages,” reported BBC News.

Watch the video here! Shanghai has been placed under yet another lockdown as authorities continue to pursue a disastrous ‘zero COVID’ policy. Having failed to achieve anything like herd immunity, the Omicron variant of COVID has caused more more coronavirus cases in four weeks than in the previous two years of the entire pandemic. Earlier this week, residents in the eastern part of the city were ordered to go under lockdown while the western half will enter a lockdown on Friday. The lockdowns have caused more panic buying and anger amongst much of the population. “Some residents lashed out as they were unable to receive vital services like kidney dialysis or other urgent treatment. In one high-profile case highlighted by the NYT, a nurse who suffered an asthma attack died after she was denied care by a hospital, which cited COVID prevention protocols in its decision to turn her away,” reports Zero Hedge.

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