Fifteen Americans have been quarantined in a hotel in Bethlehem as part of precautions against the coronavirus, a Palestinian government spokesman said on Saturday.
The city in the occupied West Bank has been in lock down since cases of the virus were recorded there on Thursday.
Some of the first cases there were reported among staff at the Angel Hotel. On Saturday, spokesman Ibrahim Melhem said a group of American visitors were in isolation in the building, without going into further details on their condition.
An official from the US embassy in Jerusalem said it was aware of the reports. "Due to privacy considerations, we have no further details to share," she added.
Palestinian security forces wearing masks and gloves were stationed around the hotel on Saturday, as they have been since the first cases were announced.