The Palestinian Health Ministry on Thursday 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.
All hotel reservations were cancelled and tourists temporarily restricted in the cities.
All mosques, churches and educational institutions will remain closed for a fortnight, the period the virus takes to show symptoms.
The ministry called on citizens to remain calm.
The new coronavirus known as COVID-19 emerged in Wuhan, China, last December and has now spread to over