A senior Saudi prince is now in intensive care due to the Coronavirus and he may have infected many in the clan’s ranks, New York Times reports.
Doctors at the Elite Hospital are preparing over 500 beds for an expected influx of other royals.
It’s been more than six weeks since Saudi Arabia reported its first case. The kingdom’s biggest cities are all under 24-hour lockdown. On Monday, authorities extended the duration of daily curfews in four governorates and five cities.
Approximately 150 royals in the kingdom are now believed to have contracted the virus. Including members of its lesser branches, according to a person close to the family.
King Salman, 84, has secluded himself for safety reasons in an island palace near the city of Jeddah on the Red Sea.
So far, Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, has reported 3,122 confirmed cases. Also, the number of infections over the next few weeks “will range from a minimum of 10,000 to a maximum of 200,000,” the health minister, Tawfiq al-Rabiah said, according to the official Saudi Press Agency.
King Salman has warned of a “more difficult” fight ahead against the virus. The kingdom faces the economic double blow of virus-led shutdowns and crashing oil prices.
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