Malaysian police have started using drones to detect possible coronavirus infections as the country has been in its third lockdown nationwide since the pandemic broke out.
Drones can capture high temperatures from a height of 20 meters above the ground, as the chief of the Terengganu State Police, Rohaimi Isa, explained.
“When the drone detects a person with a high body temperature of around 37.5 degrees, it sends a red light so that the agents can travel to the area and identify the symptomatic person,” said Rohaimi, according to information from the CNA chain.
The drones have been in use for several days and have “helped the agents immensely,” he said before clarifying that there are 157 procedural standards in operation that make them “unable to monitor every location”.
The artifacts found in Kuala Terengganu were made available to the police by a private company. In April 2020, state police used drones to track movements and monitor the temperature of Dungun residents during quarantine.
Malaysia has been under “total lockdown” since June 1, and the new measure is expected to apply until June 14 at the earliest. The country has recorded 616,815 cases of COVID-19 and 3,378 deaths since the health crisis began.