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.