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April 17, 2020 9:30 am

Israel Police Use Drones to Track Coronavirus Patients

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Israeli police check a driver in a car at a checkpoint on a main road in Jerusalem as they try to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), April 12, 2020. Photo: Reuters / Ammar Awad. – As part of the country’s efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Israel Police are using drones to keep tabs on coronavirus patients under home quarantine.

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

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said 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.

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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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