Yemen declares state of emergency as Covid19 cases spike

Yemen’s six-year war has restricted testing and reporting of COVID-19, but numbers of confirmed cases have risen rapidly since mid-February after levelling off from September to just a couple a day.

Yemen’s emergency coronavirus committee reported 98 confirmed and 168 suspected infections on Monday.

Yemen’s government, which does not expect to receive its first batch of 2.3 million vaccine doses — through the global COVAX scheme — until the end of March, has reported more than 3,500 coronavirus infections and 770 deaths so far.

Houthi authorities, who control most large urban centres, have played down the spread of coronavirus in their territory and provide no figures.

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