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Israel’s top secret military intelligence unit breaks cover to tackle coronavirus

In a March, 2016 file photo, U.S. military and Israeli Defense Forces personnel mark the conclusion of the most recent Juniper Cobra exercise at Hazor Air Force Base, Israel. (MATTY STERN/U.S EMBASSY TEL AVIV)
March 24, 2020

Israel’s top-secret military intelligence unit, charged with developing technologies to support combat operations, has now broken cover to reveal its latest developments to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

The Israeli Defense Forces announced earlier this week that Unit 81 is “using its technological expertise to develop a breakthrough in the fight against COVID-19.”

Their developments include creating a “special shield and separate ventilation” to protect ambulance drivers transporting coronavirus patients, and developing advanced software to improve efficiency of lab checks for testing kits.

Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has declared a state of emergency to battle the virus. Last weekend, he sanctioned cyber tools to track potential infections. The country currently has 945 cases of coronavirus infections.

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