The Health Ministry on Wednesday launched a new smartphone app intended to help the public stay informed on the COVID-19 coronavirus and its spread in Israel.
It includes updated public health guidelines; announcements by the ministry on the latest restrictions, limitations and quarantine requirements; an option to report self-quarantine; reports on locations visited by recently diagnosed patients prior to their quarantine; user-submitted questions and ministry officials’ responses; and more.
The app is currently available with English-language menus but its content is in Hebrew.
Esti Shelly, director of Digital Health at the Health Ministry, told Channel 12: “Digital tools are an inseparable part of the ability to confront the pathogen’s outbreak in Israel.”
Israel currently has 15 diagnosed coronavirus patients, with thousands more under 14-day isolation due to potential exposure to the sick or after return from numerous countries judged to be potential hotzones.
The latest move by the Health Ministry Wednesday to send all arrivals from five EU countries to quarantine has by some assessments sent tens of thousands more to self-quarantine.