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Shin Bet will only track Omicron carriers, government decides

The reintroduction of a Shin Bet cell phone tracking program will be limited to those found to be carriers of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the Prime Minister’s Office says in a statement after the cabinet approved the program.

Confirmed carriers of other strains will not be tracked, nor will those who were exposed to carriers of Omicron or any other version of the coronavirus.

The program will expire on December 2 at midnight, but will also be subject to re-examination each day.

“This is not wide, blanket use for all confirmed carriers as in past waves of the pandemic,” a statement from the PMO says.

If there is a “wide breakout,” the program will be discontinued, the statement says, without detailing what that term entails.

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