RAMALLAH, Palestine 

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

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