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WATCH: Jerusalem’s Church of Holy Sepulchre closes for first time since BLACK DEATH

WATCH: Jerusalem’s Church of Holy Sepulchre closes for first time since BLACK DEATH
Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre has closed its doors to the public for the first time since the Black Death ravaged the city in 1349, as authorities try and get to grips with the modern coronavirus plague.

The custodians of one of the holiest buildings in Christianity were forced to lock the highly carved wooden doors after the Israeli government shut down places of worship in a bid to contain the spread of the Covid-19 illness.

The restrictions ban residents from leaving their homes, except to buy food and medicine, to seek medical treatment or for essential work. The clergy at the extraordinary place of worship say they hope it will reopen in time for Easter.

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