Under Malaysia’s Movement Control Order (MCO), the country will use drones to monitor and control its citizens in a bid to combat the coronavirus outbreak.
The government said that this will continue until at least the end of the MCO, which runs up until the end of March.
Malaysia’s armed forces will be running the drone programme, and will also be aiding police efforts on the ground to manage the coronavirus situation.
Military medical facilities and resources will also be opened up to the public.
Chief general Tan Sri Affendi Buang commented on Malaysian television: “We will utilise technology by way of drones and UAVs to undertake the task of surveillance.
“This is already being discussed and our local industry’s help is available on this, but the amount needs to be increased.
“By using such technology, we can improve our surveillance.”
Drones are expected to become a part of the country’s efforts to keep the problem at bay in the coming days.