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As governments around the world continues to embark on lock downs to prevent the dreaded Covid19 to from spreading, some countries have taken more aggressive steps to curb the virus and to also contain its citizens.
Tunisa has also followed suit, the nation’s interior ministry has sent a police robot to patrol the streets of the capital Tunis and enforce a lockdown imposed last month as the country tries to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Known as PGuard, the “robocop” is remotely operated and equipped with infrared and thermal imaging cameras, in addition to a sound and light alarm system.
The robot calls out to suspected violators of the lockdown: “What are you doing? Show me your ID. You don’t know there’s a lockdown?”
The robot’s Tunisian creator Anis Sahbani said the machine was first produced in 2015 to carry out security patrols. It also operates autonomously through artificial intelligence.
Several videos have since appeared on social media showing people being stopped by a PGuard. In one a man, who is asked if he knows there is an ongoing lockdown, explains that he wants to buy cigarettes.
The robot replies: “OK buy your tobacco, but be quick and go home.”