500 IDF soldiers to join Israel Police in enforcing coronavirus lockdown

BREAKING: Following a request made by the Israel Police, the IDF is preparing approximately 500 soldiers to assist Police officers in their mission of enforcing the coronavirus lockdown, in order to reduce the spread of the virus within civilian areas.

The troops will be helping police forces starting on Sunday. One company of soldiers coming from various training bases of field units will be allocated to each district of the Israel Police.

The troops will be armed and will assist with their teams in patrolling, isolating and securing certain areas, blocking routes and more.

The soldiers will undergo training preparing them to operate amongst civilians.

“The IDF will continue assisting in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus within civilian areas as necessary while following the Ministry of Health’s instructions,” the IDF said in a statement.

The number of coronavirus infections in Israel has risen to 3,035 as of Friday morning, with 10 fatalities, 49 people in serious condition and the vast majority of cases in light condition.

“We are in a situation where the number of sick is doubling every three days,” said Health Ministry Director-General Moshe Bar Siman Tov on Thursday. He estimated that within a week, the country will have about 200 severely ill patients.

Israel’s government approved new emergency regulations to limit activity in order to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

The new guidelines are enforceable by police, include a near-total cessation of public transportation and a restriction on venturing further than 100 meters (roughly 300 feet) from one’s house except for the supply of food, medicine, essentials or medical reasons.