As the highly contagious coronavirus spreads around the world, Israel and the Palestinians struggle to contain a local outbreak that has virtually halted daily life and led to tens of thousands of people entering quarantine.

Bypassing the necessary approval from the Knesset, the government approved the tracking of cellphones by the Shin Bet security service in order to inform people who unwittingly came in contact with confirmed coronavirus patients.

Israel saw its first fatality from the virus: An 88-year-old man who suffered from other illnesses and arrived at Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center about a week ago in critical condition.

Source: HAARETZ

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