Bethlehem Under Lockdown After COVID-19 Cases Confirmed

The city of Bethlehem was under lockdown following the confirmed cases of coronavirus.

The city of Bethlehem was under lockdown after authorities announced a state of emergency following the first Palestinian cases of COVID-19.

This, as Palestinian Health Minister Mai al-Kaila said that a total of 16 confirmed cases of COVID-19 illness had been detected in the Israeli-occupied West Bank after nine (9) additional cases were discovered in Bethlehem, as reported by an official Palestinian news agency Wafa.

The Palestinian government announced a month-long state of emergency after the first seven (7) COVID-19 cases were identified, while the Israeli defence ministry stated that it had imposed emergency measures on Bethlehem, with everybody “forbidden from entering or leaving the city”, adding that the lockdown had been imposed “in coordination with the Palestinian Authority”.

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The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, built on the site Christians believed was the birthplace of Jesus, was closed to the public and along with other sites were expected to be shuttered for a month. According to Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, all tourist buses to and from Bethlehem were banned until further notice.

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