King Salman Isolated, 150 Members of the Saudi Kingdom Allegedly Affected by Covid-19

Nearly 150 members of the Saudi royal family are reported to be infected with the corona virus or Covid-19. King Salman and his relatives are being isolated.

Adapted from the New York Post, Thursday (4/4/2020), Saudi King Salman, 84, is in isolation to prevent Covid-19 transmission. He isolated himself near the city of Jeddah.

While his son, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, 34, was quarantined near the Red Sea. He was placed in a place with his ministers.

The king’s nephew, Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was confirmed to be intensively treated after contracting the virus.

This was confirmed by doctors and close family members that the 70-year-old prince who served as Governor of Riyadh was affected by Covid-19.

According to the New York Times, Saudi princes are believed to have been infected with the virus while traveling to Europe. It was said that the Covid-19 pandemic disaster likely played a role in Saudi Arabia’s decision to announce a ceasefire in Yemen.

The elite King Faisal Specialist Hospital has prepared around 500 beds.

This facility is provided for nobles and people close to the Saudi royal family, based on a memo quoted by the newspaper.

“The directives must be prepared for VIPs from all over the country,” wrote the hospital operator.

He added that sick staff members would now be treated in less elite hospitals to make room for the nobles.

The Saudi royal family expert from Rice University, Kristian Coates Ulrichsen said, “If (Covid-19) reaches into the family, then it becomes an urgent problem”.

To note, as many as 41 deaths from the corona virus have occurred in Saudi Arabia, according to the Johns Hopkins University website.

There are 2,795 Covid-19 cases reported in the country on Thursday, April 9, 2020.

Cruise Ship in Antarctica

According to the updates on stranded Cruise Ship in Antarctica; all the passengers (88) alongside crew (77) remained unharmed and the big boat is now ‘out of danger.’ The luxury Cruise Ship in Antarctica named MV Clelia II is the same expedition liner that encountered rough weather in the open sea on December 7, 2010.

The above mentioned cruise ship was on its way to Argentina from the Antarctica while 88 passengers onboard along with large crew consisting on 77 people. The trouble with expedition liner started when following massive hit by a massive wave; one of its engineers was knocked out and the communications were also lost temporarily.

According to various passengers’ statements, the winds blew at nearly 55 mph thus sending the ship rocking all the time and the waves were too strong and high. Luckily enough, only a minor injury to one of the crew members was reported while the rest of passengers and crew remained unharmed.

Very recently a statement has been made by the operators of the aforementioned Clelia II cruise ship International Association of “Antarctica Tour Operators” according to which; there’s no more danger faced by the boat. The weather conditions out there were always improving while the ship inches towards Ushuaia (Argentina) after the trip.

Various passengers have reported from the ship that the waves at least 30-foot high, kept on hitting the ship as result of which; the motor and some other electrical equipment on the ship were shorted. There were also reports of broken window glasses and few minor wreckage’s but on the whole; no major damage was done.