TECH NEWS | Pasig City starts test runs for drones to fight COVID-19

Pasig City has started test runs of drones to disinfect areas suspected of being infected with the novel coronavirus.

DJI MG-1P

Pasig City has started test runs of drones to disinfect areas suspected of being infected with the novel coronavirus.

Various reports said the office of Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto purchased 3 drones for about P1 million each.

The Pasig City government is reportedly testing the drones–octocopter units that can carry a as much as 10 liters each–on a high school in Pasig. The locations and actual date of deployment of the drones was not disclosed.

The units are said to be DJI MG-1P drones manufactured in China. The drones were used to spray pesticides in farms.

The whole of Metro Manila, in which Pasig City is part of, is currently under an “enhanced community quarantine.”

Recently, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte placed the entire country under a “state of calamity” as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to surge.

As of the latest reports, the number of COVID-19, which is directly caused by the novel coronavirus, have now reached more than 200 positive cases and most of these cases are reportedly in Metro Manila.

The Philippines is not the first to use drones to fight the pandemic.

China reportedly used the same type of drones to fight the virus.

In Spain, the government has fitted drones with speakers and deployed in town and cities to remind people to comply with lockdown protocols.

by Joel Pinaroc, contributing editor
Contributing editor at TechSabado | Website

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