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Voice of America 5 Apr 2020

Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia Officials Use Body Temperature Drones


The municipality of Saudi Qassim released a video showing thermal drones being used to measure body temperatures of shoppers in Buraidah, north central Qassim region in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia has brought forward its nightly curfew by four hours in three areas to combat the coronavirus pandemic, state news agency SPA said.

Starting from last Friday, the curfew began at 3 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. in the city of Dammam and the governorates of Taif and al-Qatif, SPA said, quoting a senior interior ministry official. The curfew is lifted at 6 a.m.

Saudi Arabia has recorded more than 2,300 infections and 30 deaths, the most among any of the Gulf Cooperation Council states, which also include Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.

The port of Dammam, on the Gulf, is a main entry point for supplies for the oil industry centered in the eastern region and for the rest of the kingdom.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia will delay the release of its crude official selling prices (OSP) for May until April 10 to wait for the outcome of a meeting between OPEC and its allies regarding possible output cuts, a senior Saudi source familiar with the matter said on Sunday.

OPEC and allies led by Russia, a group known as OPEC+, are set to meet virtually on Thursday to discuss a possible new global oil supply cut to end a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia, which prompted U.S. President Donald Trump to intervene.


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It has been three years since an air, land and sea blockade was imposed on Qatar by fellow Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, as well as non-GCC member Egypt.
The US is now pushing Saudi Arabia and the UAE to lift a ban on Qatar Airways using their airspace.
But despite intensified efforts to de-escalate tensions, there is no end in sight to the worst political crisis the region has ever seen.
Al Jazeera's Hashem Ahelbarra reports.
Colombia's capital, Bogota, has deployed police drones meant to detect people with high temperatures and those violating the country's quarantine.
The Capital city is home to some 8 million people, and has a third of Columbia's 17,000 COVID-19 cases.
Location data is sent to a medical team once the drone detects someone with a potential fever.
Activists are urging Canadian police forces to deploy body-worn cameras to their officers. The technology is currently being used only in Calgary, although Toronto's police chief says he is "fast-tracking" deployment.


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