This is got to be one of the biggest ironies thus far in this coronavirus outbreak.
There is actually a local police department in California using its enlarged drone fleet to monitor citizens who may be in violation of the state's virus lockdown order.
Oh, and the drones are actually made in China, where the virus originated.
What's more, the drones may soon be equipped with loudspeakers so cops can shout at violators and, we suppose, tell them to get back indoors or else.
We can't make this stuff up.
The Washington Examiner reported:
The Chula Vista Police Department recently doubled its fleet of drones, purchasing two of the machines from Chinese company DJI. The police department told the Financial Times that they would be outfitted with night-vision cameras.
“We have not traditionally mounted speakers to our drones, but … if we need to cover a large area to get an announcement out, or if there were a crowd somewhere that we needed to disperse, we could do it without getting police officers involved,” said Capt. Vern Sallee.
“The outbreak has changed my view of expanding the program as rapidly as I can,” Sallee added.
“What we saw in China, and what we’re probably going to see around the world, is using drones with cameras and loudspeakers to fly around to see if people are gathering where they shouldn’t be, and telling them to go home,” Spencer Gore chief executive of U.S.-based drone company Impossible Aerospace, said. “It seems a little Orwellian, but this could save lives.”
Welcome to America 2020, where police are enforcing a lockdown over a viral outbreak using drones made by a company from the country where the outbreak began.