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Tech & Science COVID-19: In Israel, the monitoring of phones to combat the Omicron variant divided

14:00  29 november  2021
14:00  29 november  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Avec la menace due au variant Omicron du Covid-19, Israël a fermé ses frontières aux étrangers. Ici, un voyageur arrive dans la zone de dépistage de l'aéroport international de Ben Gurion, près de Tel Aviv, le 28 novembre 2021. © Amir Cohen, Reuters with the threat due to the Omicron Variant of Covid-19, Israel closed its borders to foreigners. Here, a traveler arrives in the screening zone of Ben Gurion International Airport, near Tel Aviv, November 28, 2021.

Faced with the threat of the Omicron Variant of Covid-19, Israel Barricade, closing its borders with foreigners. Israeli citizens back from African countries classified "red" will be placed in quarantine in the famous "Corona" hotels. Only a negative PCR test will allow them to continue their seven-day home isolation. But the Hebrew state also reactivates a very decried method: monitoring mobile phones to track the virus. A measure that even divides the executive.

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With our correspondent in Jerusalem, Sami BoukHelifa

set up by the Government of former Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu from the first months of the pandemic, the tracing of mobile phones always scandalizes in Israel.

In the wake, the Israeli Supreme Court fired the alarm, demanding that this practice be framed by law. In July 2020, the Israeli Parliament runs: Knesset then adopts a text that authorizes the government to use Shin BET monitoring technologies (Israeli domestic intelligence), in its fight against the virus. Valid for a period of three weeks, this law has been continually renewed.

last March, the Israeli Justice sets up new Fool Guard. In addition to monitoring the entire population: from now on, tracing is limited only to people refusing to cooperate with the health authorities.

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  Brentwood KFC at centre of Omicron outbreak stays open for business A customer tested positive for the Omicron variant shortly after visiting the KFC in Brentwood, Essex on November 19 - prompting a dash to trace people who had also gone to the restaurant that day.A customer tested positive for the Omicron variant shortly after visiting the KFC in Brentwood, Essex, prompting a dash to test people who had been at the restaurant between 1pm and 5pm on November 19.

Faced with the threat of Omicron Variant, the new Israeli government returns with this method. The Minister of Planning denounces an "insane" violation and accuses Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to "perpetuate the drifts" of the former administration of Benyamin Netanyahu.

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