US diplomats to leave Saudi Arabia over coronavirus fears

US diplomats to leave Saudi Arabia over coronavirus fears
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  • calendar-gray 04 July 2020

Dozens of US diplomats and their families will leave Saudi Arabia on Saturday amid a sharp increase in cases of coronavirus infection in the kingdom, APA reports quoting Wall Street Journal.

According to the newspaper, the State Department last week allowed all non-essential personnel to leave the country. It is expected that more diplomats will leave Saudi Arabia in the coming weeks, the newspaper said.

According to US officials, at least 30 employees in the Riyadh Embassy — mostly non-Americans — have been infected with coronavirus, despite having mostly worked from home since March. In June, the embassy driver died of coronavirus, later a family member of one of the diplomats was denied emergency medical care in one of the hospitals, forcing the embassy to intervene, the Journal said.

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