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Knesset committee extends digital tracking of virus patients until Tuesday

The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee approves the continued digital tracking of coronavirus carriers by the Shin Bet security service until next Tuesday at midnight.

The High Court of Justice earlier this week ruled that the tracking must stop by today unless the law is changed to enable that, rather than using emergency regulations without Knesset oversight.

But the Knesset is giving the government extra time to decide whether it wants to legislate the matter. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to lead a discussion Sunday on whether to begin the legislative process or give up digital tracking.
The tracking will continue to be used until midnight on Tuesday after the High Court ruled that the use of counter-terror measures against civilians must be legislated.
“If the government decides that it is not to advance the legislation then the extension will expire,” said the committee chairman, Blue & White MK Gabi Ashkenazi.