Yemen reports two new coronavirus cases in Hadhramout

Nurses receive training on using ventilators, recently provided by the World Health Organization at a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen on April 8, 2020. (Reuters)

Yemen reported two new coronavirus infections in the province of Hadhramout on Monday, raising the number of diagnosed infections in the war-town country to 12 with two deaths.

Hadhramout was where Yemen recorded its first case of the COVID-19 disease on April 10.

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The two new cases were being treated in an isolation facility in Mukalla, the provincial capital and a port city.

Yemen is already grappling with the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis caused by a war between the internationally recognized government, and the Iranian allied Houthi militia which drove the government from the capital, Sanaa, in late 2014.

The emergency coronavirus committee which announced the 12 confirmed cases belongs to the Yemeni government, whose interim capital is in the southern port city of Aden.

Health authorities in the Houthi-controlled north have not announced any infections so far. They have said all suspected cases there had tested negative.

But the United Nations says it fears the coronavirus could be spreading undetected across the country among an acutely malnourished population with inadequate testing capabilities and protective equipment.

Yemeni volunteers spray disinfectant on the hands of a man in one of Sanaa's impoverished neighborhoods, on March 30, 2020. (AFP)

Yemeni volunteers spray disinfectant on the hands of a man in one of Sanaa's impoverished neighborhoods, on March 30, 2020. (AFP)

The Aden-based emergency coronavirus committee has also voiced concern that the Houthi leaders are not admitting to a coronavirus outbreak in Sanaa.

The World Health Organization has said it fears that COVID-19 will impact Yemen severely as the population has some of the lowest levels of immunity to disease compared with other countries.

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Around 80 percent of the population, or 24 million people, rely on humanitarian aid and 10 million are at risk of starvation. Disease is rife.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 14:07 - GMT 11:07
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