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Yemen and COVID-19: 'A perfect storm' for catastrophe, experts warn

A health worker disinfects a market amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19 in Sanaa, Yemen. Photo by: REUTERS / Khaled Abdullah
Photo Credit: REUTERS / Khaled Abdullah

NEW YORK — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases remain relatively low in Yemen, but the virus is likely circulating, creating a “perfect storm” for catastrophic results in a country already facing the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, according to World Health Organization and humanitarian experts.

The coronavirus response comes at a time when routine humanitarian assistance to Yemen is under threat. The U.N. agencies operating there, including the World Food Programme, UNICEF, and WHO, are preparing to scale down three-fourths of their work in Yemen over the next five months due to lack of funding, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Affairs.

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