The King of Thailand has taken a harem of 20 concubines with him into self-isolation at a grand hotel in southern Germany, it has been reported.
King Maha Vajiralongkorn, also known as Rama X, is believed to have booked out all of the Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl in Bavaria to self-isolate during the coronavirus pandemic.
German tabloid Bild reports the 67-year-old has booked out the entire hotel, with permission from the local district council
It’s not known if Rama X’s fourth wife is currently staying at the hotel with him, however, 119 members of the royal entourage are thought to have been sent back to Thailand amid concerns they had contracted Covid-19.
Schools were shut, all but essential businesses closed, while foreign visitors were banned from coming into the country and Malaysian barred from leaving.
Police were initially tasked with keeping the lockdown in place, but soldiers were brought in after people began flouting the rules.
The measures were expected to last until the end of March, but were extended Wednesday until mid-April.
More than a third of the world’s population – or 3billion people – are now thought to be under some kind of lockdown to help slow the spread of the virus.
India enacted the most widespread shutdown this week when it ordered all of its 1.3billion people to remain at home and only venture outside for emergencies.
China also locked down some 760million people as the virus spread, but is now starting to ease restrictions as new infections subside.
Globally, infections have topped 450,000 while deaths have topped 20,000 – with the World Health Organisation warning that we have not yet reached the peak.
Coronavirus first emerged in China towards the end of last year, before sweeping East to West across the globe.
Europe and the US are now the new epicentres of the virus, with more combined infections than anywhere else including China.
Italy alone, the hardest-hit western nation, has recorded more than 7,500 deaths – more than the whole of China.