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IDF says no active virus cases in military, first time since start of outbreak

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

There are currently no active coronavirus cases in the Israel Defense Forces for the first time since the start of the outbreak, the military says.

The IDF reported its first COVID-19 case on March 2, 2020, when a soldier who worked part-time at a toy store was documented with the disease.

Last week, the military had just one soldier who had contracted the coronavirus, but he appears to have recovered.

“The achievement we marked this morning is a significant milestone in our fight against the virus — thanks to the efforts of IDF service members and the national vaccination effort,” IDF Chief Medical Officer Brig. Gen. Dr. Alon Glasberg says in a statement.

In March, the military declared that it had reached “herd immunity” from the disease as more than 80 percent of all servicemembers had been vaccinated or had recovered from the coronavirus.

Israeli soldiers wear face masks at a police roadblock in Tel Aviv during the nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, September 19, 2020 (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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