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Council using drones with speakers to urge people to stay at home

The drones transmit messages urging people to stay at home Credit: Neath Port Talbot Council

Drones with speakers are being used by Neath Port Talbot Council to urge people to stay at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

The local authority says it has teamed up with South Wales Police to discover hotspots where people are not adhering to the current lockdown.

In a video shared by the council on Facebook, the drone transmits the message: "This is a message from Neath Port Talbot Council. Please follow the government rules at this time. You must stay home."

The council said the idea is to remind residents of the current government instructions, which are to stay at home unless shopping for necessities, obtaining medical supplies, exercising once a day, and travelling to and from essential work.

  • Watch: Drone fitted with speakers tells residents 'you must stay home'

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a three-week lockdown of the UK on Monday evening in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus.

In a nationwide address, Mr Johnson told the public to stay at home during the pandemic, as the NHS will not be able to handle too many people becoming "unwell at one time."

He said the lockdown was "vital to slow the spread of the disease" and "save more lives."

741 people have now tested positive for coronavirus in Wales, though health bosses warn the true number is likely higher.

On Thursday Public Health Wales announced the number of people to die from coronavirus in Wales had risen to 28.