Yemen | Concerns Escalate After the First Coronavirus Infection was Confirmed in War-Torn Nation
Fears Escalate After First Coronavirus Infection was Confirmed in the War-Torn Nation


Yemen became the last Arab and OIC country that fights against the spread of COVID-19 after it confirmed the first case infected by the novel coronavirus on 10 April 2020 for a Yemeni national who works at the Al-Shahr port in the southern province of Hadramawt. There have been international fears that the outbreak could devastate Yemen’s healthcare system which has been crippled for several years. Currently, about 80% of Yemenis rely on international aid to survive in the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, as described by the United Nations.

The government reportedly ordered the closure of Al-Shihr port for a week for deep cleaning and instructed all workers to isolate at home for two weeks. A 12-hour nightly curfew was also enforced in all Hadramawt districts starting from 6:00 p.m. Friday 10 April until further notice. The World Health Organisation recently mentioned it was working to provide Yemen with the ability to test thousands of patients. It has already provided 500 testing kits and a total of 37 health facilities have been dedicated as isolation units. Earlier in March, the Associated Press published photos (example above) of healthcare workers  setting up an isolation rooms at a coronavirus quarantine ward at a hospital in Sanaa.