South Korea has done a remarkable job well done combating the COVID-19 pandemic. But as experts warn for one second wave of infectionsthe government has come up with an unusual way to both thank the frontline medical staff for their hard work and remind citizens to stick to preventative measures: a drone light show over the Han River in Seoul’s capital city.
As reported by France 24 and Al Jazeera, the show took place on Friday, July 6 and included 300 drones in a 10-minute show. The display was organized by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and was intended to thank first-line health workers.
It started with messages reminding citizens to wear masks, wash their hands, and respect social distance rules before expressing thanks to doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel. At the end of the show, the drones formed an outline of the Korean peninsula with the message: “Cheer up, Republic of Korea.”
You can watch a video of the light show below, titled “Thanks & Hope”:
It may be an unusual way to boost public morale, but reports show that citizens in South Korea are struggling with aspects of coronavirus prevention, particularly wearing masks – a challenging task in the hot summers of the South Korean capital.
While wearing masks has not become a politicized issue in South Korea, such as in the US, there are reports of ‘mask rage’ incidents in the country are rising, with police recording about 840 fights, mainly on public transport, caused by people who were not wearing masks in June. A drone light show may not be able to calm these tempers, but at least it creates some distraction.