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Possibility of sending supplies by drone explored

Sri Lanka’s Civil Aviation Authority on Friday invited drone operators in the country to offer their services towards the possible transportation of essential medicines and food supplies via drones in COVID-19 hit areas.

In a statement, the Civil Aviation Authority said it invited drone operators having the potential, capability and interest to offer drone technology services at this hour of need amidst a COVID-19 pandemic as this would assist authorities in preventive measures and humanitarian tasks in a challenging environment.

“We invite them to contact the Authority early, towards the formation of a Pool of Drone Operators which can undertake tasks to be assigned by Health and other relevant authorities such as air transportation of essential medicine/food supplies and other services,” the Civil Aviation Authority said.

Sri Lanka has so far seen 668 people being infected with the COVID-19 virus which has also caused seven deaths. Some areas have been declared as isolated zones due to a rising number of patients.

According to Health Ministry statistics, out of the total 668 infected to date, 157 have recovered and been discharged from hospital. 504 patients are under medical observation in the designated hospitals.

The country remains under an islandwide curfew to prevent a further spread which will be relaxed from the second week of May to resume partial economic activities. (Xinhua)

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