IDF Chief of Staff under quarantine in his office after meeting with infected commander

BREAKING: IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi and two other generals have entered self-isolation. The measures have been taken after it was revealed that a commander in reserve service who participated in a meeting held on March 22 has been diagnosed with coronavirus.

In accordance with the Ministery of Health’s guidelines, the Chief of Staff will enter quarantine in his office until this weekend and will continue his regular schedule thereafter.

“Due to having recently led a meeting with an officer found to have COVID19, the IDF Chief of General Staff LTG Aviv Kohavi will self-isolate in his office. LTG Kohavi is feeling well and has not reported being suffering from any symptoms. He will be tested in the next minutes,” the IDF said.

The Head of the Homefront Command Maj.-Gen Tamir Yadai and the Head of Operations Divisions Maj.-Gen. Aaron Haliva also attended the same meeting and will enter quarantine until the end of the week.

PM Netanyahu tested negative for the coronavirus on Monday after a parliamentary aide was confirmed to be carrying the virus.

Netanyahu and his staff temporarily isolated themselves until the end of an epidemiological study that is expected to reveal that he was not exposed to the coronavirus. He said at a press conference that he did so voluntarily in order to set an example for the public.

Israel’s Health Ministry regulations require 14-day self-isolation for anyone deemed to have been in proximity to a carrier, with the duration reduced for the number of days that have passed since the suspected exposure.