Israel plans to use anti-terrorism tracking technology for risk of coronavirus transmission

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday that Israel plans to use anti-terrorism tracking technology and a partial general shutdown to reduce the risk of coronavirus contagion.

Netanyahu told a news conference in Jerusalem that the cyber monitoring system, after cabinet approval, would be deployed to locate people who have been in contact with those carrying the virus.

Israel’s domestic security service, named Shin Bet, declares it was under evaluation to deploy its technological capabilities to fight coronavirus, at the request of Netanyahu and the Health Ministry.

Netanyahu underlines that it was not an easy choice to make, describing the virus as an “invisible enemy that must be located”, and that Israel would follow similar methods used by Taiwan.

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