Israel approves tracking coronavirus patients through phone to make sure they observe quarantine

by Jordyn Pair · Mar 17th, 2020 12:29 pm

Israel passed a measure on Tuesday that allows its spy agency to track citizens with confirmed cases of the coronavirus through their cell phones to ensure they are observing quarantine measures.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu first announced the measures on Saturday night.

"We are at a war with an invisible enemy — the virus," he said. "We'll deploy measures we've only previously deployed against terrorists. Some of these will be invasive and infringe on the privacy of those affected. We must adopt a new routine."

? Israel currently has 298 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. The country has already shut down most schools and closed all malls, hotels, cafes, restaurants, and theaters.


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