32 Yemeni doctors die of COVID-19

At least 32 doctors in Yemen have died as a result of the coronavirus, the Yemeni Physicians and Pharmacists Syndicate announced.

Doctor Mohammed Ahmed Seif was the latest fatality. He died in the southern province of Taiz.

“Seif is the 32nd martyr from the coronavirus,” the syndicate said in a statement on Friday, the Middle East Monitor reported.

By Saturday, a total of 632 people were reported to have been infected by the virus in Yemen, 139 of whom have died and 23 have recovered, according to official data.

The data does not include the Houthi-controlled areas, which were reported to have registered a total of four infections and one fatality, though many fear the actual number is far higher.

On Monday, the United Nations said that the mortality rate from the virus in Yemen was “alarmingly increasing”, warning of what it described as a “deteriorating health system”.

Since 2015, Yemen has been suffering from a Saudi-led war. Since then, over 100,000 people have been killed, according to the US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED).