Thailand’s controversial king, Maha Vajiralongkorn, has “isolated” himself with his entourage in an Alpine luxury hotel amid the coronavirus outbreak, the independent report.
According to multiple media outlets, the king, also known as Rama X, has reportedly booked the entire Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl with his party, which is also said to include a “harem” of 20 women.
Even thus Germany is on lockdown, The four-star hotel in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany has received “special permission” from the district council to accommodate them because “the guests are a single, homogenous group of people with no fluctuation”, reports said.
However, 119 members of the entourage were sent back to Thailand on suspicion that they may have COVID-19.
The king’s action was not taken lightly by his country citizen as Thousands of Thais have criticized him online, breaking Thailand’s lèse-majesté laws, under which those who insults or criticizes the monarchy could face jail for up to 15 years.
A hashtag translating to ‘Why do we need a king’ was trending on Twitter after news broke out that the 67-year-old king was holidaying in Germany.
Vajiralongkorn took over the throne in 2016 after the death of his father Bhumibol Adulyadej, who ruled for over 70 years and was much loved by the people. The present king, according to reports, has not made a public appearance in his country since February.
The Thai Ministry of Public Health announced on Saturday 109 new cases in the country, bringing the total number of infections to 1,245.