Dozens of American diplomats and their families will leave Saudi Arabia on Saturday, July 4 amid a sharp increase in cases of coronavirus infection in the kingdom, writes the Wall Street Journal, citing sources.
According to the publication, the State Department last week decided that all “non-emergency personnel” could leave the country.
According to the interlocutor of the newspaper, at least 30 employees of the US Embassy in Riyadh – mostly non-Americans – became infected with the coronavirus. Moreover, since March, staff worked from home. So, in June, the embassy driver died of coronavirus.
According to the publication, some American diplomats are also concerned that the kingdom’s authorities are hiding the real extent of the outbreak.
Earlier it was reported that the number of cases of coronavirus infection in Saudi Arabia exceeded 200 thousand. From the beginning of the epidemic, 1.8 thousand people died, 140 thousand residents recovered.