- Italy has been one of the hardest-hit countries by the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 11,000 deaths, the most of any country.
- The country has been put on lockdown, and police are now using drones to monitor movement.
- The coronavirus outbreak that originated in China has killed more than 39,000 people worldwide and infected more than 803,000, according to recent totals.
As of Tuesday, COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, has infected more than 803,000 people worldwide and has killed more than 39,000.
Italy’s lockdown is one of the strictest in Europe.
At first, the lockdown only applied to the northern Lombardy region, but the prime minister expanded it to cover all of Italy.
Citizens are required to stay home except for essential work or family reasons, and stores besides grocery stores and pharmacies are closed.
Only essential travel is allowed, and travelers must sign police documents about their reasons for travel. Police are also stopping cars for checks.
On March 23, the Italian Aviation Authority approved police requests for using drones for support.
Italy also called in its army to enforce the lockdown.
Drone pilots from the Italian Army Military Corps patrolled near Turin, Italy, on March 28, seen here.
The drones locate pedestrians and cars still moving around the city despite the lockdown.
Then, the police receive coordinates so they can track down people who are out and check them.