Grocery Display Shelves

Although economists say the crisis could bGrocery Display Shelvese much more serious because it involves a significant portion of the global economy.

Newspaper headline: New US jobless data piles on pressureSerbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic(C), Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management Branislav Nedimovic(R) and Chinese ambassador to Serbia Chen Bo applause during an agreement signing ceremony held in Belgrade, Serbia, April 8, 2020. China's biotech company BGI group will open two COVID-19 testing labs in Serbia to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an agreement it signed with the Serbian government Wednesday. (Xinhua/Shi Zhongyu) (Xinhua/Shi Zhongyu)

Photo taken on April 8, 2020 shows an agreement signing ceremony held in Belgrade, Serbia. China's biotech company BGI group will open two COVID-19 testing labs in Serbia to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an agreement it signed with the Serbian government Wednesday. (Xinhua/Shi Zhongyu)Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic speaks during an agreement signing ceremony held in Belgrade, Serbia, April 8, 2020. China's biotech company BGI group will open two COVID-19 testing labs in Serbia to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an agreement it signed with the Serbian government Wednesday. (Xinhua/Shi Zhongyu)China's biotech company BGI group will open two COVID-19 testing labs in Serbia to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an agreement it signed with the Serbian government Wednesday.

The two "most modern, new" labs -- one in Belgrade and the other in the southern city of Nis -- will add a combined daily testing capacity of 3,000 to Serbia, said Prime Minister Ana Brnabic at the signing ceremony.The additional testing capacity is more than triple Serbia's current capability, according to a press release by the Serbian government.

Branislav Nedimovic, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management signed the deal with Zhu Yanmei, executive director of the BGI Group, and Li Ning, BGI's Vice President, via video conference.

The agreement foresees that Serbia provides and adapts the space for the new labs as well as testing kits, while the BGI, headquartered in the southern city of Shenzhen, pledged to supply key instruments.Alexandra Hospital in Singapore will use a robot called BeamPro to deliver medicine and meals to patients diagnosed with COVID-19 or those suspected to be infected with the virus in its isolation wards.

Doctors and nurses can control the robot by using a computer from outside the room and can hold conversations with the patient via the screen and camera.The robot reduces the number of "touch points" with patients who are isolated, thereby reducing risk for healthcare workers, the hospital's health innovation director Alexander Yip told local news channel CNA.

Robotic machines can also be sent to scan for the presence of the virus, such as when the Diamond Princess cruise ship cabins were checked for safety weeks after infected passengers were evacuated, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Additionally, hospitals are turning to robots to tirelessly rid room, halls and door handles of viruses and bacteria.