Spanish police are using drones to ask people to stay at home

Drones are being used by Spanish police to warn people to stay at home.

Spain has declared a state of emergency and ordered its citizens to stay indoors apart from necessary trips, after reporting a sharp rise in coronavirus cases.

Footage published Sunday by BBC News shows eerily deserted Madrid streets policed by drones. The drones are controlled by human officers who relay warnings through them via radio.

In the footage, one officer can be seen relaying a warning from health authorities that people should vacate public parks and return home.The spike prompted Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’ government to declare a state of emergency on Friday.

All its 40 million-strong citizens have been asked to stay indoors apart from necessary trips – a policy that had already been implemented by virus-ravaged Italy.

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