War-hit Yemen confirms first coronavirus case

WHO warns of catastrophic consequences in Yemen

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War-hit Yemen has reported its first confirmed case of coronavirus, weeks after the World Health Organization warned of the virus’s “catastrophic” consequences for the country.

The novel coronavirus case was reported Friday in the country’s Hadhramaut governorate, the internationally-recognized government’s National Higher Committee to Counteract the Coronavirus Epidemic said in a tweet.

On Sunday, the Saudi-led coalition to fight Iran-backed Yemeni Houthi rebels declared a two-week ceasefire. It said it was heeding calls from the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres for end of hostilities in the country in order to pave the way to a coronavirus response.

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