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Mobility restrictions remain in place in many Indonesian cities, including Makassar, in a bid to contain a devastating wave of COVID-19 infections driven by the Delta variant.

Indonesia has reported more than four million cases and 131,000 fatalities since the pandemic started.

The ‘Makassar Recover Drone Medic’ team is working with the local coronavirus task force to deliver medicine at least five times a day, said its founder and coordinator Muhammad Dasysyara Dahyar. During the peak of the latest outbreak in July, they made up to 25 rounds of deliveries in one day.

Makassar’s mayor Mohammad Ramdhan Pomato said authorities planned to expand the use of drones to nearby islands and also provide deliveries to around 800 people staying in isolation in a ship docked off Makassar. 

“The range of (each) drone is around seven kilometres (4.35 miles), so it is possible to reach the islands,” said Pomato.

The drones also help monitor traffic and the movement of people in the city and pinpoint areas to target with COVID-19 tests.

 

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