IDF says it will send hundreds more soldiers to work as virus contact tracers

The Israel Defense Forces will send hundreds of additional soldiers to work as coronavirus contact tracers in the coming days, according to the IDF spokesperson.

The army says 600 regular soldiers will be diverted from their normal positions, in addition to dozens of reservists.

Thousands of Home Front Command soldiers were deployed last week throughout the country to work with local authorities in handling the pandemic. The soldiers are not responsible for directly enforcing the lockdown; rather, they conduct tests, run quarantine hotels and distribute food.

IDF soldiers interview people infected with coronavirus to identify who they have been in contact with, at the headquarters of the Home Front Command, in Ramle, August 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

— Aaron Boxerman

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