Jordan to use drones, cameras to monitor curfew

A drone flies as Chinese drone maker DJI demonstrates their app that tracks a drone’s registration and owner in Montreal, Canada, November 13, 2019. — Reuters pic
A drone flies as Chinese drone maker DJI demonstrates their app that tracks a drone’s registration and owner in Montreal, Canada, November 13, 2019. — Reuters pic

AMMAN, April 5 — Jordan said it is to use drones and surveillance cameras to monitor compliance with a nationwide curfew imposed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“The armed forces and security services will ensure the curfew is being respected by using modern technology such as drones and surveillance cameras,” the minister of state for information, Amjad al-Adayleh, told a press briefing late rday.

Jordan has declared five dead and 323 cases of the Covid-19 illness.

Adayleh, who also serves as government spokesman, warned that authorities would take “the necessary measures against anyone violating decisions” taken to contain the outbreak.

Jordan says it has arrested at least 1,600 people for violating the curfew, which imposes heavy penalties and has been in force since last month.

It has sealed off the capital and all the country’s provinces, suspended flights in and out of Jordan, closed schools and banned all public gatherings. — AFP

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