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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) strikes at the heart of the Saudi Royal Family with up to 150 Saudi royals are infected.

While under the (COVID-19) pandemic Britain’s prime minister, Boris Johnson, remains in intensive care. But the good news is that the China ended its lockdown of Wuhan and other nations are considering easing restrictions.

Up till now, Britain reported 938 new coronavirus deaths, its highest single-day figure. But the Coronavirus panademic hits the Saudi royal family hard.

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is striking terror into the heart of the kingdom’s sprawling ruling family with more than six weeks after Saudi Arabia reported its first case.

150 royals inside the kingdom are believed to have contracted with the coronavirus, including the members of the family’s lesser branches, according to sources close to the family.

The Doctors at the elite hospital are preparing about 500 beds that treat the Saud clan are preparing for an expected influx of royals and those closest to them, according to an internal “high alert” sent out Tuesday night by hospital officials.

A copy was obtained by The New York Times, “Directives are to be ready for VIPs from around the country,” the operators of the elite facility, the King Faisal Specialist Hospital, wrote in the alert, sent electronically to senior doctors.

The message stated, “We don’t know how many cases we will get but high alert,” instructing that all chronic patients to be moved out as soon as possible, and sick staff members will be treated elsewhere, to make room for the royals.

Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who is the senior Saudi who is the governor of Riyadh, is in intensive care with COVID-19, according to two doctors with ties to the King Faisal hospital, and two others close to the royal family.

King Salman, who is 84 has secluded himself in an island palace near the city of Jeddah on Red Sea. The son of King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the 34-year old, de facto ruler has retreated with many of his ministers to the remote site, on the same coast.

Like the hospitalization this week of the British prime minister or the deaths last month of several top Iranian officials, the affliction of Saudi royals serves as a reminder that the rich and powerful are not immune, and that they have better access to testing and expert care.

Within weeks of the Grand Princess cruise ship arriving off the California coast an early harbinger of the coming coronavirus pandemic — Gov. Gavin Newsom issued the first statewide mandatory restrictions in the United States.
He ordered California’s nearly 40 million residents to stay home to help combat the outbreak, but he didn’t stop there.
While many states scramble for desperately needed equipment and supplies, Newsom this week announced a deal for millions of masks for health care workers, and though the state is still battling the outbreak, it finds itself in a position to donate hundreds of ventilators to hospitals across the country.

California and New York the nation’s hardest-hit state had about the same number of coronavirus cases in the first week of March, according to COVID Tracking Project.

California had more than 17,000 cases by Wednesday morning as compared to nearly eight times that in New York or more than 140,000 cases. The Golden State has 452 deaths to New York’s more than 5,000.

The Fed lifts a Wells Fargo growth restriction on Wednesday. FED had temporarily lifted a growth restriction it had imposed on Wells Fargo in the wake of the bank’s fake account scandal in another effort to expand small business owners’ access to emergency loans.

The Fed said in an announcement that the move was a response to “extraordinary disruptions from the coronavirus,” which has caused a widespread economic shutdown and resulted in the loss of millions of jobs. The federal government is trying to keep small businesses afloat through the $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program, which provides forgivable loans they can use to pay their employees, rent, and mortgages. The program has had a rocky start.

Wells Fargo, which is the country’s fourth-largest bank, said on Sunday its balance sheet had reached a $1.95 trillion limit that prevented it from making more loans. That limit was imposed two years ago and was meant to be in place until the bank’s leaders could demonstrate that it was being run in a way that no longer put its customers at risk.

The U.S. stocks climbed on Wednesday as investors weighed data showing the extent of the economic damage wrought by the coronavirus pandemic against signs of progress in the effort to contain it.

S&P 500 index surged more than 2%, while major indexes in Europe were slightly lower.