Up to 150 members of the Saudi royal family ‘are infected with coronavirus’: King Salman and Mohammed bin Salman ‘have both gone into isolation to avoid the outbreak’

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Doctors at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh are preparing 500 beds
Staff were told that ‘directives are to be ready for VIPs from around the country’
The country of about 33 million people has reported 2,932 cases and 41 deaths

By Amelia Wynne For Mailonline
Published: 11:56 BST, 9 April 2020

 

Up to 150 members of the Saudi royal family are infected with coronavirus, it has been reported.

King Salman and Mohammed bin Salman have both gone into isolation to avoid the outbreak, reports added.

Doctors at the elite King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh that treats members of the royal family are preparing 500 more beds for an expected influx of patients.

The operators of the facility said: ‘Directives are to be ready for VIPs from around the country’.

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King Salman (pictured) and Mohammed bin Salman have both gone into isolation to avoid the coronavirus outbreak, it has been reported

This was written in a ‘high alert’ sent out electronically on Tuesday to senior doctors and later obtained by the Times.

The message said they don’t know how many cases they will get but that all chronic patients are to be moved out as soon as possible and only top urgent cases will be accepted.

Any infected staff members will now be treated at a less elite hospital to save room for royals.

Salman, 84, has secluded himself on an island palace near Jeddah, while the crown prince has moved to a remote site on the Red Sea coast.

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