COVID-19 in Yemen

Yemen // 01 June, 2020

At least 323 cases and 80 deaths have been confirmed.

See updates on the Yemeni National Emergency Committee for COVID-19 Twitter account (in Arabic).

1 June: More cases have been reported, bringing the total number of cases to exceed 300.

23 May: Cases have been increasing, with 205 confirmed cases and 33 deaths reported. At least six people have recovered. Media are reporting that cases are likely to be much higher as the country’s health facilities are severely stretched after protracted conflict and lack of reporting in rebel held territories.

11 May: A jump in cases has been reported in recent days. There are now 51 cases and eight deaths. One person has recovered. Over two-thirds of cases are in Aden, with the remainder in Hadhramaut, Lahaj and Taiz.

The World Health Organization and the International Organization for Migration have stated that stigmatisation against migrants must end and that they should have access to health services and be informed of preventative measures.

5 May: Media sources have reported more cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 21.

2 May: Per the World Health Organization, the official case count is seven with two deaths. "No other cases have been officially reported to WHO, although we anticipate the virus is actively circulating throughout the country."

30 April: At least five more cases and two deaths have been reported. They were detected in Aden and authorities have now imposed a 24-hour curfew until 4 May. Global health experts suggest that there was a 'very real probability' that COVID-19 is circulating in Yemen. However, detection is difficult due to the poor infrastructure and years of conflict and social unrest.

10 April: Yemeni authorities have reported the first COVID-19 case in the country. The affected individual is from Hadramout governorate and is currently under medical supervision. No other details indicating history of exposure / travel are available yet.

According to unverified reports, the patient used to work at the port of Ash Shihr.

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