Coronavirus hits Saudi Arabian Royal family, Up to 150 Members Infected
As many as 150 members of the Saudi Arabian Royal Family are now believed to have contracted the virus, according to a new report.
Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, and his ministers have been placed in quarantine for safety near the Red Sea, while his father, King Salman, 84, is in precautionary isolation near the city of Jeddah.
An internal memo sent around the hospital has said that up to 500 beds have been prepared for royals and those close to them as the pandemic takes hold.
King Salman’s nephew Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is confirmed to be in intensive care after contracting the deadly illness, according to the paper, which cited doctors and people close to the family. The 70-year-old is the governor of Riyadh.
Saudi princes are believed to have caught the pathogen while traveling to Europe.
The kingdom of about 33 million people has reported 2,932 cases and 41 deaths.
Saudi Arabia has shut down travel to and from the country and placed its largest cities under 24-hour lockdown, with limited exceptions. Officials may also cancel the annual hajj pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca, which brings some 2.5 million pilgrims to the city each year.
Authorities have yet to announce whether they will proceed with this year’s Hajj, scheduled for the end of July. Last year, about 2.5 million people travelled to Saudi Arabia to take part in the Hajj, which all Muslims must perform at least once in their lives if able.