Story By: John Feng, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report
This video shows a Chinese police drone bellowing at an elderly villager who is caught walking about during the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak while refusing to wear a mask.
The incredible scenes were taken above the skies of Huaqiao, a village in the city of Jinshi in Central China’s Hunan Province, where emergency measures have been put in place to prevent the spread of the infectious disease.
Video taken on 4th February shows one officer spotting an elderly man walking along the village road.
The policeman deploys the drone’s loudspeaker, saying: “Uncle, this is an emergency period.
“You’re not wearing a mask and even walking around outside.
“Go home and stay there. This is an emergency period.”
The pensioner spots the unmanned flying vehicle and is immediately scared off. He begins running away from the drone as the video ends.
Authorities in Jinshi say they have deployed no fewer than 150 drones for the sole purpose of monitoring residents and reminding them to either stay home or put on surgical masks.
They are also targeting those attending large gatherings against the advice of China’s health ministry.
Four disease-prevention drone task forces, each comprising two officers, are now working around the clock to monitor every corner of the city, leaving no blind spots, the authorities said.
Policeman Zhu Xingguang said: “In the day we mainly use our drones for disease prevention. At night, we use them for patrols.
“It’s highly effective.”
The novel coronavirus has so far killed 563 people in mainland China, infecting more than 28,000.
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