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Israel proposes tracking bracelets instead of mandatory quarantine for incoming travelers

• by Ramon Tomey

Travelers and returning Israelis who avail of the bracelets would be allowed to isolate themselves at their homes and accommodations instead of state quarantine facilities. However, authorities would be notified if in case people violate the mandatory isolation period.

The pilot for the so-called "freedom bracelet" program commenced on March 1. One hundred tracking bracelets were available for travelers arriving at the Ben Gurion Airport in the city of Lod. Prior to the program, incoming passengers have been forced to stay at quarantine hotels at government expense for two weeks to ensure that they are free from the Wuhan coronavirus before they could move around.

The system includes the electronic bracelet itself, a smartphone and a wall-mounted tracker. Those who avail of this system could skip the quarantine facility and spend their self-isolation at their homes or accommodations. Should people who avail of the bracelets violate a mandatory isolation period by removing the device or going too far from the monitor, Israeli authorities would be immediately alerted