RAMALLAH, Palestine

The Palestinian authorities confirmed on Tuesday a new coronavirus case in the occupied West Bank.

“The Health Ministry has reported a new coronavirus case in Bethlehem, which increased the number of people infected with coronavirus to 26,” government spokesman Ibrahim Melhem said in a statement.

Last week, the Palestinian Health Ministry announced a state of emergency in the West Bank cities of Bethlehem and Jericho over suspected coronavirus cases.

The ministry said a hotel in Bethlehem was quarantined due to a number of suspected cases.

Palestinian Health Minister Mai Al-Kaileh said on Thursday that they decided to activate

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