King Salman orders free treatment for coronavirus patients in Saudi Arabia. This royal order applies to government and private health facilities.
Live from Riyadh, King Salman has ordered that all treatment provided to all coronavirus patients in all government and private health facilities in Saudi Arabia will be free. This is to encourage the working class, including immigrants to come forward if they have symptoms.
The Kingdom’s health minister, Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah, announced the king’s order at a press conference in Riyadh on Monday and said it even included those in violation of residency laws.
Al-Rabiah said the royal order was borne out of the king’s keenness to put the health of citizens and residents first and to ensure the safety of all.
The number of virus victims in Saudi Arabia reached 1,453 on Monday, with 8 confirmed deaths and 115 people who have recovered from COVID-19.
On March 15th Saudi Arabia suspended all international flights for two weeks, to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The period will be considered as an exceptional official holiday for citizens and residents who are unable to return due to the suspension of flights or if they face quarantine after their return to the Kingdom.