With an aim to keep a check on the COVID-19 spread in the state, the Assam government is all set to use drones to keep an eye on those defying guidelines in areas where cases are increasing.
Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday conducted a COVID-19 review of nine districts- Biswanath, Dibrugarh, Golaghat, Jorhat, Kamrup (M), Lakhimpur, Nagaon, Sonitpur and Sivasagar- which are reporting high positivity rates. In the virtual review meeting, CM Sarma directed the district authorities and the police to use drones to identify places where people are violating COVID-19 restrictions and coming out in large numbers.
This is the first time since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Assam that drones will be used for monitoring
In addition, the CM also directed the district authorities to extensively move around the districts to ensure strict enforcement of COVID protocols and to undertake round-the-clock monitoring of district borders and roads to stop unnecessary movement.