Coronavirus : 150 members of Saudi royal family may have been hit by coronavirus Report

Coronavirus : 150 members of Saudi royal family may have been hit by coronavirus Report

Coronavirus : 150 members of Saudi royal family may have been hit by coronavirus Report

Coronavirus : 150 members of Saudi royal family may have been hit by coronavirus Report

Several members of the Saudi royal family are believed to have contracted coronavrius, according to a New York Times report. A senior prince, who is the governor of Riyadh, is reportedly in intensive care, while  over a dozen other family members are undergoing treatment.

According to the report, several members have taken ill and the alarming situation came to light after officials of the King Faisal Specialist Hospital, the elite hospital that treats royal family members, sent out an internal “high alert” regarding the arrangement of around 500 beds for an expected influx of members of the royal clan.“We don’t know how many cases we will get but high alert… all chronic patients to be moved out ASAP,” the message stated as per the report.

The message also instructed the hospital to accept only “top urgent cases” and added that any sick staff members would now be treated at a less elite hospital to make room for the royals, said the report.Sources told the media that around 150 members of the Al-Saud clan, the family ruling the desert nation, has contracted the virus.

The pandemic has forced several key members of the elite family to leave the capital and opt for seclusion. This includes the 84-year-old ruler King Salman, who has secluded himself for his safety in an island palace near the city of Jeddah.The de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, along with several ministers, has retreated to a remote site on the Red Sea coastline, the report added.

Earlier, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the globe crossed the 15 lakh mark on Wednesday despite desperate measures by authorities worldwide to contain the spread.