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Morocco Launches Fleet of DJI Drones to Tackle Coronavirus From the Sky

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A drone equipped with disinfectant liquid flies above a Morocco street.

Morocco plans to use its expanded fleet of drones to help curtail the spread of the coronavirus.

Credit: Agence France-Presse

Morocco has expanded its fleet of drones to curtail the spread of the coronavirus.

Authorities are using the Chinese-made drones to issue warnings, identify suspicious movement in the streets, and break up illegal gatherings.

Yassine Qamous of Droneway Maroc, the African distributor for Chinese drone-maker DJI, said demand for drones has tripled in Morocco and other countries in the region in recent weeks, as authorities say people have not been following the strict lockdown rules imposed in March.

Morocco’s International University of Rabat allowed authorities to access its facilities, expertise, and prototypes in March to deploy drones with loudspeakers or infrared cameras.

The university's Mohsine Bouya said tracking apps are under development as well, adding that local law would have to be changed for them to be rolled out.

From South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
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