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Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre closes amid coronavirus fears

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Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre closes amid coronavirus fears

Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre closes amid coronavirus fears

Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre, revered in Christian tradition as the site of Jesus's crucifixion and burial, was closed on Wednesday (March 25) as a precaution against the coronavirus.

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The closure, initially for a week, followed a meeting between Israeli police and church leaders, said Wadie Abu Nassar, spokesperson of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land, after the Israeli government announced tighter restrictions to curb the spread of the virus.

Adeeb Joudeh, a Palestinian whose family holds one of the keys to the church, confirmed the decision after locking its doors.

The closure comes in the build-up to Easter, the most important festival in the Christian calendar, which Roman Catholics this year celebrate on April 12.

It would normally see thousands of pilgrims and tourists flock to the city, whose streets are now virtually deserted.



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