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Robots target covid with ultraviolet light at London

An Ultrasonic Disinfection Atomiser cleaning robot, known as an Eco Bot 50 cleans St Pancras International station, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in London, Britain, September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

LONDON: Robots that can kill the coronavirus with ultraviolet light have been brought in at one of London’s biggest train stations, St Pancras International, as it tries to restore customer confidence in the safety of travel hubs.

Stations suffered a blow on Tuesday when Prime Minister Boris Johnson told people to work from home again where possible and also ordered restaurants and bars to close early to tackle a second wave of COVID-19 infections.

The robots use ultraviolet light to sweep large areas without the need for chemical disinfectant, the station said, adding the technology could kill nearly 100% of bacteria and viruses – including the coronavirus – on surfaces and in the surrounding air in minutes.

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