Thai king goes into 'self-isolation' with his harem of 20 concubines in Germany, books an entire luxury hotel
The King of Thailand, Maha Vajiralongkorn, has reportedly hired an entire luxury hotel in southern Germany where he is taken his entire entourage, including a harem of 20 concubines with him to self-isolate amid the coronavirus pandemic. The King, also known as Rama X, is believed to have booked out all of the Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl in Bavaria to save himself and his entourage from being infected by the deadly virus, which has claimed thousands of lives worldwide.
The 67-year-old reportedly booked out the entire hotel with permission from the local district council, as per German tabloid Bild. It is not yet known whether his fourth wife is currently staying with him at the hotel; however, at least 119 members of his entourage were sent back to Thailand recently amid fears that they had contracted coronavirus. Reports state that Rama X has a second home in Germany, where he spends a lot of his time.
The king is not believed to have made a public appearance in Thailand since February, reports state. Thailand has reported over 1,500 cases of COVID-19 as of Monday, March 30 and nine deaths.
The news of the Thai king's self-isolation comes after it was revealed that the king and queen of Malaysia were placed under quarantine after at least seven palace staff members were tested positive for the novel coronavirus infection. King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and his wife Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah were both tested for the virus, and their results came negative. The royal pair, however, will self-isolate for a period of 14 days as a precautionary measure while the palace is disinfected. Malaysia, last week, was also placed under a complete lockdown with people only being permitted outside for essential needs.
Malaysia has recorded more than 2,500 confirmed cases of the virus, making it the hardest-hit country in Southeast Asia. The death toll from the virus in the country stands at 37. A significant portion of the country's infections has been traced back to an Islamic conference that happened at the Sri Petaling mosque back in February, according to the Daily Mail. Nearly 20,000 people attended the event and at least three-quarters of the attendees were from Malaysia. Other attendees of the event were from Thailand, Bangladesh, Brunei, the Philippines, and Singapore, who went on to spread the viral infection in their own countries in February.
Meanwhile, Thailand, on Monday, noted an increase of 136 new coronavirus cases, a spokesperson for the government's Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA). Officials said that the numbers will continue to rise in the country, however, there has been no increase in the deaths linked to the virus since January.
The deadly coronavirus pandemic has affected more than 730,000 people worldwide with over 34,000 deaths linked to the virus. Reports state that over a third of the world's population, or nearly 3 billion people, are believed to be under some kind of a lockdown in an attempt to curb the virus from spreading.