The use of no-contact infrared thermometers has been a norm to see in public places since COVID-19 took over the world. In Malaysia, however, one way of monitoring the citizen’s temperature is by using drones.
The drones are said to be capable of detecting temperature changes even when it’s 65 feet in the air. It also emits a red light when it senses a temperature of 37.5° celsius. Yahoo! reported that Police Chief Rohaimi Md Isa shared that the mini aircraft was “immensely” helpful.
The drones that the Malaysian police force are using were reported to be loaned to the government by a private corporation for the purpose of enforcing quarantine procedures.
Another report from Channel News Asia states that the drones have been rolled out for several days already. Rohaimi explained, ‘Although we have 157 standard operating procedure (SOP) monitoring teams, they move from one location to another.’
‘This makes them unable to monitor every location at once, including detecting symptomatic individuals in public places,’ he continued.
On May 28, Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced a two-week nationwide lockdown after the country had 8,290 new cases in a span of four days, according to The Diplomat. The launch of using the drones came after the country had a surge of coronavirus infections.
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