Israel on Thursday banned its soldiers from traveling abroad over fear of infection with the novel coronavirus.

“Military soldiers, in compulsory or permanent service, should not be allowed to travel abroad, for professional or personal reasons,” army spokesman Avichay Adraee said in a statement.

Set to come into effect on Friday, the decision was taken by Army Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi to avoid the widespread of virus and to maintain the operational and vital capabilities of the army.

According to Israeli daily the Jerusalem Post, around 500-600 soldiers have been in quarantine.

The Israeli Health Ministry confirmed 15

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