Israel uses geolocation data to fight the coronavirus

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Israel plans to combat the coronavirus outbreak via the cyber-monitoring of its citizens, according to Reuters.

The New York Times reports the country will monitor cell phones to track people with COVID-19 and those who have come into close contact with them. The Israeli government will comb through the geolocation data gathered from the country's telecommunications providers to pinpoint those affected.

This will then be used to track the history of the infected person's movements and to identify potentially infected individuals. Once identified, those suspected of catching the virus will receive a message telling them to self isolate immediately.

According to the Thomson Reuters Foundation, there are 324 cases of the virus in Israel, 41 in Palestine and none in the Gaza Strip.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Depiction of an infected man coughing in a busy street
2. Depiction of technology used to track the infected man
3. Depiction of other people being tracked nearby the infected man
4. Depiction of someone near the infected man later receiving a message to isolate themselves


VOICEOVER (in English):

"The New York Times reports Israel will monitor cell phones to track people with COVID-19 and those who have come into close contact with them."

"The government will comb through the geolocation data gathered from the country's telecommunications providers to pinpoint those affected."

"This will then be used to track the history of the infected person's movements and to identify potentially infected individuals."

"Once identified, those suspected of catching the virus will receive a message telling them to self isolate immediately."

SOURCES: Reuters, New York Times, Thomson Reuters Foundation,
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-israel/israel-to-fast-track-cyber-monitoring-of-coronavirus-cases-idUSKBN2133SP
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/16/world/middleeast/israel-coronavirus-cellphone-tracking.html
https://news.trust.org/item/20200317094316-biskl/