Terengganu police are using drones with temperature scanners to check people in public areas. (Bernama pic)

KUALA TERENGGANU: Police here are using drones to detect people with a high body temperature at public areas during the current total lockdown period, state police chief Rohaimi Md Isa said today.

The drones, equipped with temperature scanning technology, can detect body temperatures in a group of people from a height of 20m above ground.

“If the drone detects a person with a high body temperature, such as 37.5 degrees Celsius, it will emit a red light and our enforcement personnel will go to the location to identify the symptomatic individual.

“We have been using these drones for the past two or three days and they help our enforcement team immensely.

“Although we have 157 monitoring teams, they move from one location to another. They are unable to monitor every location at once, including detecting symptomatic individuals in public places,” he told reporters after visiting a roadblock at Sultan Mahmud Bridge here today.

He said the drones, based in Kuala Terengganu, were on loan to the state from a private company for police use throughout the enforcement of the full lockdown.

In April last year, Terengganu police used drones to track the movements and temperatures of residents in Dungun.

Rohaimi said that since the current lockdown was enforced six days ago, 108 people were issued compound fines of between RM1,500 and RM5,000 for MCO violations; failure to wear face masks and not practising physical distancing topping the list.

He said the rate of compliance with lockdown rules among Terengganu residents was around 96% because of police enforcement, adding that it was a proud achievement.

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On another development, Rohaimi said the rate of vehicle entry into the state through the East Coast Expressway 2 had dropped by 75%; most vehicles that entered had authorisation letters, mostly related to essential services.

He said that from May 31 until June 5, Terengganu police received 5,756 applications for interstate and inter-district travel, but 216 of the applications were rejected due to various factors, including failure to submit supporting documents.



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