QUARANTINE - DAY 1 - 6th March 2020
Last night the Palestinian Authority declared a state of emergency across the West Bank and it was announced by the Israeli Defence Minister that because of Covid_19 no one would be allowed to enter or exit Bethlehem for 30 days - Bethlehem is in lockdown. The move came after 7 were tested positive for Covid_19 in Bethlehem.
Churches and Mosques are to be closed for two weeks and all tourists banned for an unspecified amount of time from Palestine.
The Palestine Marathon has been cancelled as well as many other events.
We will be bringing you a daily report of life in Bethlehem through interviews over the next 30 days to provide an insight into everyday life in a city under quarantine.
The director of Amwaj childrens choir, Bethlehem and his team took the choir to France on a tour and arrived back as the quarantine was being enforced. He reports on his journey back with the children on Day 1 of the lockdown.
The children’s choir Amwaj (Waves, in Arabic) returned to Bethlehem after their 10-day tour in France -
Concerts in Saint-Omer (La Barcarolle), Paris (Philharmonie), Lyon (Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste)
On the evening of 4 March (Lyon), between 6 pm and midnight we receive the following information.
The results of the virus tests of the Amwaj group arrive: all negative (no Coronavirus detected)