Owing to an increased number of coronavirus outbreaks, the Israel Defense Force is ordering a substantial portion of the military to stay on base.
“Due to the increase in morbidity and in accordance with the ongoing assessment of the situation in the IDF a decision was made to suspend departures to closed units starting on Friday,” a statement by the IDF said.
The move came after many senior IDF officers were contaminated and placed into quarantine as outbreaks on several bases put large numbers of troops out of service.
The new directives only have a real effect on soldiers who spend long periods of time on closed bases. The bases where those serving and return home most nights are not subject to this regulation.
IDF data reports that 2,593 soldiers and IDF contract workers are suffering from the epidemic as of Tuesday morning. To this day, over 125,000 soldiers have already received the first dose of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, while more than 25,000 have received the second dose.