TEHRAN (Iran News) – The first coronavirus case in war-torn Yemen was confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO).
“The case is in isolation and treatment, all known contacts are being traced and quarantined,” the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Twitter on Friday.
“WHO is working closely with (the health ministry) to ensure further rapid containment measures are taken.”
It was reported in Hadramout southern province. The province has seen some of the worst pockets of malnutrition and disease in the war-torn country. The patient was a Yemeni working in the port of al-Shihr.
Following years of Saudi-led war, Yemen already faces what the United Nations describes as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.
Aid groups have warned that a major outbreak will be “disastrous” and devastate the country’s gutted healthcare system.
Repeated bombings by the Saudi-led coalition have destroyed or closed more than half of Yemen’s health facilities. Deep poverty, severe water shortages and a lack of adequate sanitation have made the country a breeding ground for disease.