Israeli Hospitals Video-Surveil Covid-19 Patients Around the Clock
Of the 274 hospitalized coronavirus patients in Israel, only 34 are considered in serious or critical condition, which means nearly 90% of hospitalized cases may be under constant surveillance without medical cause
Rotem Levanon, a 26-year-old non-severe coronavirus patient currently hospitalized at Laniado Hospital told Calcalist the surveillance made him feel like a contestant on reality television. Levanon said he attempted to cover the camera and shut down the microphone that was hidden in the ceiling but was instructed to return them to their previous function.According to the health ministry’s guidelines, non-severe patients can be moved out of hospitals and into one of the recently established group recuperation facilities or so-called Corona Hotels, located within existing hotels, left vacant due to the crisis. As these facilities are meant for lighter cases that require significantly less medical attention, no 24-hour surveillance protocol is implemented in them.