Story By: Gheorghi Caraseni, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash
This is the moment the Kazakh authorities use drones and horse-mounted cops to catch COVID-19 lockdown breakers in the countryside.
The incident took place outside the city of Almaty, set in the foothills of the Trans-Ili Alatau mountains, in south-eastern Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan has locked down Almaty and other major cities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The local police posted a video of them patrolling rural areas to catch possible lockdown breakers.
In the footage, horse-mounted cops are assisted by a drone and colleagues in a patrol car.
At the end of the clip, a group of offending amblers is seen being rounded up on the grass.
Police spokesperson Saltanat Azirbek said that the offenders will be sanctioned for breaking lockdown rules.
A police statement said: “We urge people to follow the law. We will sanction anyone who violates the quarantine rules and those who resist or disobey the authorities, share false information on social media, or does not comply with sanitary standards.”
According to local media, Almaty cops have arrested 14 residents for breaking lockdown laws.
As of 2nd April, Kazakhstan has reported 423 cases of COVID-19, 27 recoveries and no deaths, according to the latest data from the Johns Hopkins University.
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