- King Salman of Saudi Arabia has been admitted to a hospital in Riyadh for medical tests
- The monarch was admitted to King Faisal Specialist Hospital to be tested due to inflammation of the gallbladder
- The disclosure was made by the kingdom's royal court on Monday and citizens are wishing him the best of health
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has been admitted to a hospital in the capital, Riyadh, the kingdom's royal court has said.
The king was admitted for medical tests due to inflammation of the gallbladder, The Washington Post reports.
Briefly.co.za gathers that a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency said the 84-year-old monarch is being tested at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital.
The monarch is considered the last Saudi monarch of his generation of brothers who have held power since the death of their father and founder of Saudi Arabia, King Abdulaziz.
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King Faisal Specialist Hospital frequently treats royal family members, including recently those who’ve contracted the coronavirus. The hospital specialises in transplant surgeries, research and training programmes.
Meanwhile, the Saudi Arabian government suspended visas for pilgrims wishing to visit the holy city of Mecca over coronavirus fears.
This was announced by the foreign ministry of the Kingdom said in a statement sent to journalists.
“The government is suspending entry to the Kingdom for the purpose of Umrah and visiting the Prophet's Mosque temporarily,” part of the statement read.
Some Gulf states like Iran are already battling with coronavirus with 17 recently declared dead. Iraj Harirchi, Iran’s deputy health minister, was recently infected and has been placed under quarantine.
After the announcement confirming Harirchi had the virus, the deputy health minister posted a video saying he had the disease and had quarantined himself at home.
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