The company, Zorabots, said it would initially lend 60 of its
"James" robots to the homes but could make hundreds more available.
The 1.2 metre-tall butler-style machines can navigate rooms and
connect video calls through Facebook messenger.
Belgium's government has banned visitors from elderly care homes,
alongside measures including limiting shop opening times and closing
schools to curb the spread of COVID-19, which has infected 1,085
people in the country and killed five.
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"We said, in the coming weeks we will not be able to sell, the stock is just
going to sit here. Instead of letting the stock sit here, why not put it to use
in a good way?" Zorabots co-CEO Tommy Deblieck told Reuters.
Nele Vandewiele, director of residential care for the Ostend city government,
said the robots could help residents who were missing contact with the outside
world and their families.
(Reporting by Kate Abnett; Editing by Nick Tattersall)
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