Fifteen US tourists have been placed under quarantine in a hotel in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. The hotel was quarantined after seven tourists living there were suspected of having contracted the deadly novel Corona-virus.

Officially known as COVID-19, the Israeli media reported this without specifying the nationalities of those under suspicion.

The Israeli authorities also put the entire city on lock-down, banning both Israelis and Palestinians from entering or leaving it.

The Palestinian Authority meanwhile declared a state of emergency in the West Bank, closing schools, placing movement restrictions for the local population and barring tourists from coming to the area.

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.

RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2020.

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