Suspected coronavirus case causes Bethlehem Nativity Church to close: Official

A worshipper prays inside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem on December 24, 2017. (File photo: AP)

A spokesman for the Palestinian tourism ministry said Thursday that the storied Nativity Church in the biblical city of Bethlehem will close indefinitely later in the day over coronavirus fears.

Jeres Qumsiyeh said the church, built atop the spot where Christians believe Jesus was born, will close at 4 p.m. Thursday after being disinfected.

“We have informed that the Nativity Church will be closed today at 4 p.m. until further notice,” he said.

The church is expected to draw tens of thousands of visitors and worshipers for the upcoming Easter holiday next month.

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Last Update: Thursday, 05 March 2020 KSA 13:44 - GMT 10:44
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