King Salman has ordered COVID-19 treatment to be provided, free of charge, for all citizens and expatriates, including residence violators.
Minister of Health Tawfiq Al-Rabiah addressing a press conference in Riyadh on Monday, urged all of those showing symptoms of coronavirus not to hesitate in going to a hospital, whether private or public, to get tested and receive the proper treatment under King Salman’s new order.
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 everyone.
This includes residency visa violators, who should not legally be in the country, and they will not face any legal consequences, SPA reported quoting Al-Rabiah as saying.
The number of coronavirus infected in Saudi Arabia reached 1,453 on Monday, with 8 confirmed deaths and 115 recoveries.
King Salman bin Abdulaziz orders to provide free health care to violators of residency, labor regulations, and border security who are infected or suspected of being infected with novel Coronavirus in governmental and private hospitals without any legal consequences.#SPAGOV pic.twitter.com/NNcKsCq0np— SPAENG (@Spa_Eng) March 30, 2020
In accordance with a royal order from His Majesty King Salman, #Saudi Minister of Health says all citizens and residents in the kingdom – including those in violation of residency laws- will receive Coronavirus related medical care free of charge. https://t.co/7htIcP3cwo— Fahad Nazer فهد ناظر (@KSAEmbassySpox) March 30, 2020