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Use drones to fight COVID-19

Published:Friday | April 3, 2020 | 12:20 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam:

CLEARLY, WE don’t have enough manpower, security-wise, to enforce the social-distancing guidelines issued by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, without a national lockdown.

I do support this partial lockdown, and a national lockdown for the Easter holidays. After that, I would support a national lockdown of Clarendon, which, to me, is the epicentre of the virus here. They currently have 10 cases, compared to the parishes of Kingston and St Andrew which together have 12.

Many persons are in disagreement with Mr Holness’ night-only lockdown. They say a lockdown in the day is more effective. They may have a point, but they should know that if we lock down the economy in the day and freeze us up at night, clearly, murders and robberies will go up.

So to practice social distancing in the day, I recommend that Security Minister Horace Chang should order 280 drones fitted with loudspeakers. Each parish would get 20 drones each.

These would be used in the days in our airspace to remind persons who are breaking the guidelines. This idea is nothing new. We’ve seen the usage of them in China and other countries to enforce social distancing.

Teddylee Gray

Ocho Rios,St Ann

teddylee.gray@gmail.com