due to COVID-19, food prices rise 35% in Yemen

Food prices have increased by 35 percent in some areas of Yemen since the start of the coronavirus crisis on 10 April, the UN said.

In a statement, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Yemen, explained that “the cost of the minimum food basket has risen by as much as 35 percent in some areas since the outbreak of COVID-19 while the Yemeni Rial devalues.”

“The recent fuel crisis is already threatening access to food, hospital operations and water supplies which are fuel-dependent and crucial to preventing virus transmission and response, and presents a further obstacle to people seeking treatment. “

The demand for food and fuel to operate generators in hospitals and other facilities has also significantly increased.

All data indicates that the virus is spreading rapidly throughout the country with many people who have symptoms not seeking medical help until their condition worsens because treatment centers are not accessible, it explained.

“All indicators point to the continued rapid transmission of COVID-19 across the country and that too often, people who are symptomatic are delaying seeking treatment until their condition is serious because treatment centers are inaccessible, fear of stigma, and the perceived risks of seeking care. “

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