London’s Heathrow Airport is introducing UV cleaning robots, as well as a series of other anti-viral measures, to minimise the risk of contracting Covid-19 as the UK eases travel restrictions.

The UK’s largest airport says the new cleaning robots use ultraviolet rays to “quickly and efficiently kill viruses and bacteria”.

The airport is also rolling out a number of other cleaning measures in an effort to reduce the risk of contracting or transmitting Covid-19 at the airport. These new measures include installing UV handrail technology on escalators to “ensure continuous disinfection of the moving handrails” and fitting security, lift buttons, trolley and door handles with self-cleaning anti-viral wraps to provide “long-lasting protection from Covid-19”. The wraps work by coating high-touch surfaces in a material with long-lasting anti-viral protection.