Coronavirus: Saudi's King Salman orders treatment for all, including visa violators

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz attends via video link a virtual G20 summit on coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia March 26, 2020. (Saudi Royal Court via Reuters)

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz has ordered coronavirus treatment to be available for anyone in need of medical care, including people who have overstayed their visa in the Kingdom, Health Minister Tawfig al-Rabiah said on Monday.

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Al-Rabiah urged all of those showing symptoms not to hesitate in going to a hospital, whether private or public, to get tested and receive the proper care under King Salman’s new order. This includes visa violators who should not legally be in the country.

He emphasized the need to follow all precautionary measures to avoid contracting the virus.


The Kingdom confirmed four new coronavirus deaths, bringing the total to eight on Sunday, amid 1,299 confirmed cases with 96 new ones, according to a health ministry spokesman.

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