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Yemen Warns against Possible Second Wave of Coronavirus

Yemen Warns against Possible Second Wave of Coronavirus

Wednesday, 24 February, 2021 - 10:30
A sanitary worker performs a fumigation in Aden, Yemen to prevent insect-borne diseases amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AFP)

Hospitals should prepare for a possible second wave of coronavirus and take steps to prevent its spread, health authorities in the government-controlled part of Yemen said on Wednesday.

Testing and reporting are limited in the war-torn country, but confirmed cases have risen in the past 10 days, after having levelled off since September to just a couple of new cases a day.

Eleven new cases were reported on Tuesday and Monday each by the supreme national emergency committee of the legitimate government.

The government has reported 2,187 infections, including 620 deaths. Iran-backed Houthi militias have not provided figures since May when they said there were four cases and one death.

The health ministry has urged preventive measures by hospitals and medical centers, from isolating suspected cases, and reporting confirmed cases, to launching epidemiological investigations, and evaluating isolation centers, labs and PCR test centers, the supreme committee said on Twitter.

Yemen expects to receive a first batch of 2.3 million vaccine doses by March through the COVAX facility, as part of its application for 14 million doses, sufficient for 23% of the population.

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