IDF Opens Coronavirus Testing Lab

The lab is capable of analyzing hundreds of samples collected each day by mobile teams as part of the struggle against the spread of the contagious virus. The IDF set up the lab at a facility usually used to identify the DNA of fallen IDF troops

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The IDF on March 24 opened a laboratory for administering COVID-19 tests as part of the assistance to Israel's health system amid the coronavirus epidemic.

The lab located at the Tzrifin base is capable of analyzing hundreds of samples collected each day by mobile teams made up of troops from the Military Police, the Logistics Corps and the Medical Corps, according to the IDF Spokesperson's Unit.  Soldiers showing symptoms of the virus should contact the "Mikol HaLev" 24/7 call center of the Medical Corps, the unit said. 

Brig. Gen. Tarif Bader, the IDF's chief medical officer, said the lab significantly contributes to the ability of the Medical Corps to help the IDF cope with the epidemic.

The lab was set up at a Military Rabbinate facility usually used to identify the DNA of fallen soldiers.

According to the spokesperson's unit, the establishment of the lab is among the measures by the Medical Corps and the Military Rabbinate to maintain the IDF's continued functioning and operational readiness.

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