Daily COVID cases skyrocket among IDF soldiers, passing 5,000

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

The number of Israel Defense Forces service members diagnosed with the coronavirus has continued to climb rapidly, more than quintupling over the course of a week, to over 5,000 confirmed cases as of today, the military says.

All of the soldiers, officers and civilian employees of the IDF who tested positive have light symptoms, the military says.

After averaging a few hundred confirmed cases over the course of several weeks, recent days have seen the numbers skyrocket, from 990 last Monday to 1,778 last Thursday, 3,160 on Sunday and 5,187 on Monday, the IDF says.

In addition, 6,231 service members were in home quarantine after coming into contact with an infected person, as of yesterday, according to the military.

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