IDF: Your duty is to stay home, our duty is to keep Israel’s blood bank going

The IDF has called on soldiers to donate blood — 7,000 units — to support the MDA’s blood banks, which have received fewer donations because of the coronavirus.

Leading by example, IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi took part in the joint effort and on Sunday donated blood at the Tel Hashomer base.

“That’s a big number. We hope to do it in the next few days. If MDA wants more, we’ll donate more,” IDF Spokesperson Hidai Zilberman said while donating blood last week.

“We all have important duties in the fight against #COVID19. For you, it’s to stay home and save lives. For us, it’s to keep Israel going. So, IDF soldiers have been donating blood. While you stay home, we’ll keep Israel’s blood bank going”, the IDF tweeted.

1071 people have testes positive for coronavirus in Israel, with the vast majority of cases light, 30 moderate and 37 recoveries. One patient has died and 18 are in serious condition.

Of the 1071 people diagnosed with the coronavirus, 314 are being treated at hospitals, 344 at home, 97 at specially designated hotels and 278 are awaiting a decision on how they will be treated.

Israel’s government approved additional measures to limit the movement of citizens and trade, including the requirement for Israelis to stay at home, with the exception of buying food, basic essentials, medicine and medical procedures.