March 7, 2020 / 8:34 AM / 24 days ago

American tourists quarantined in Bethlehem hotel over coronavirus scare -Palestinian official

BETHLEHEM, West Bank, March 7 (Reuters) - Fifteen American tourists have been quarantined in a hotel in the West Bank city of Bethlehem as part of precautions against the coronavirus, a Palestinian government spokesman said on Saturday.

There was no immediate comment from U.S. officials in the region.

“There is a 15-member American delegation in the hotel. They are still there and they are being dealt with according to quarantine regulations like all the others who are there,” spokesman Ibrahim Melhem told Reuters.

The Palestinian Authority has declared a state of emergency in the Palestinian territories after more than a dozen cases of the virus were confirmed in Bethlehem. (Reporting by Ali Sawafta and Nidal al-Mughrabi; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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