Israel Police use drones to track coronavirus patients

April 17, 2020 by JNS
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As part of the country’s efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the Israel Police are using drones to keep tabs on coronavirus patients under home quarantine.

Israeli police officers and soldiers close Begin Highway near the entrance to Ramat Gan in Tel Aviv, on April 14, 2020. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Israel is also using advanced surveillance methods, previously only used in anti-terror operations, to trace the movements of people that test positive for coronavirus and identify those they may have come in contact with.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says law enforcement is using drones across the country to “find and confirm that people with the coronavirus are in isolation,” according to the AP.

“Units on the ground are using drones in [high-rise] buildings and making visual confirmation,” he said.

Other countries, such as Italy, France, Spain, India and China, are also using drones to enforce lockdowns, according to the report. New York City and New Jersey have used them to enforce social distancing regulations.

Drones have been used in Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates to order people to stay in their homes, and in Saudi Arabia to take people’s temperatures, according to the report.

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