coronavirus cases in Yemen Doubled five-fold within a week

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases has increased five-fold within a week in Yemen, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) revealed, indicating that the virus has been spreading undetected.

“In the week since 2 May, the number of cases increased fivefold from seven cases, with new cases reported in Aden, Hadramaut, Taiz and Lahj provinces and in Sana’a City,” OCHA said in a statement, adding that “the sudden, sharp rise in cases indicates that the virus has been circulating undetected and unmitigated in Yemen for some weeks, increasing the likelihood that a surge in cases could overwhelm health care facilities.”

According to the UN agency, “aid agencies have been swift in responding and have developed a COVID-19 response strategy with the authorities”, noting that another key priority is protecting the public health system, which continues to focus on containing deadly diseases, including cholera, diphtheria, dengue and malaria.

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