Shanghai deploys drones to broadcast COVID-19 Lockdown Guidelines

Videos of drones broadcasting the COVID-19 rules have surfaced on the Chinese social media platform Weibo. One of the drones instructed residents to “control your soul’s desire for freedom” and stay indoors. Other drones were also seen around Shanghai broadcasting masking and social distancing rules. Loading Something is loading.

Videos have been circulated on Twitter and the Chinese social media platform Weibo of what appears to be a drone hovering in the sky, broadcasting Covid lockdown guidelines to residents in quarantine.

One clip shows a drone with red, flashing lights hovering over apartment buildings, loudly broadcasting a message. The video’s original poster states that the clip was shot in a residential area of ​​Shanghai.

“Everyone, don’t sing songs on your balcony. Songjiang Jiuting Park residents sang a little and then a drone came to say to control the desire for freedom in your soul,” read the poster’s caption accompanying the video.

The video shows the drone flying over buildings and a robotic voice broadcasts the message: “Residents of Jiuting. During the pandemic, we request that you strictly adhere to the COVID-19 restrictions and related guidelines. Control the desire of your soul to freedom Do not open the window and do not sing, this increases the risk of transmission of COVID-19.”

—Alice Su (@aliceysu) Apr 6, 2022

Other drones have also been seen flying over Shanghainese districts, leading some posters filming videos of the drones to call it “a glimpse of Cyberpunk 2077”, referring to the dystopian video game.

Other clips on the Twitter-like Weibo platform saw drones take off and broadcast messages to students. These drones broadcast messages indicating that due to the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, one must wear face masks at all times and remain in the confines of their dormitories.

It is not only drones that are used in Shanghai. Videos of robot dogs trotting through the empty streets of Shanghai have also been uploaded to Weibo.

A robotic dog was spotted with a speaker broadcasting COVID-19 lockdown guidelines.

“Disinfect regularly. Ventilate your house. Prevent the pandemic in a scientific way,” it sounded in the broadcast with a similar robot voice.

—Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) March 31, 2022

Shanghai is currently grappling with a marked increase in COVID-19 cases, putting the entire city of 26 million people on lockdown amid mandatory mass testing for the virus. However, the city’s Covid-zero policy has been given flak after disturbing videos surfaced of babies and toddlers being left unattended in a crowded quarantine center in the city – a move the Chinese government has defended.

The city’s mass-testing regime has seen more than 94,000 infections surfaced in the southern financial center since March 1, according to the South China Morning Post.

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