From May 19 to 20, Aden, Taiz and Hadhramout governorates reported most of the new COVID-19 cases, though the actual number of infections are likely much higher
Yemen’s coronavirus committee reports new infections from all corners of the country
From May 19 to 20, Yemen’s National Emergency Committee for Coronavirus announced 50 new cases of coronavirus in Yemen, bringing the total to 184 confirmed cases nationwide, including four cases reported in Houthi-controlled areas. With a nationwide shortage of testing supplies and Houthi concealment of confirmed COVID-19 cases, that actual number of infections is far higher.
The majority of the new confirmed cases on Tuesday and Wednesday were in the interim capital Aden, where 19 people tested positive for COVID-19; Taiz governorate had 13 new cases; Hadhramout governorate reported 12 new cases; Al-Dhale and Lahj governorates each recorded two new infections; and Abyan and Marib governorates each logged one new case.
On Monday, the national coronavirus committee announced two confirmed cases of coronavirus in the governorate of Shabwa. The committee’s branch in Shabwa approved a daily nine-hour closure of all markets and shops, with exceptions for pharmacies and restaurants providing takeaway.
The same day, in Yemen’s central governorate of Ibb, a doctor experiencing coronavirus symptoms died after being admitted to Jeblah Hospital's quarantine and treatment center. The death of the doctor, Yosri Majalli, came two days after his father died from coronavirus-like symptoms. Their relatives have called on authorities to investigate the causes of the deaths. Majalli’s wife is currently in quarantine with suspected coronavirus symptoms.
In Houthi-controlled areas, in which some 70 percent of Yemen’s population lives, the Health Ministry has reported only four confirmed cases of coronavirus, including one death and two patients who recovered. Seven medical sources told Almasdar Online that about 100 people had tested positive for COVID-19 as of May 13.
A lack of transparency surrounding the Houthi measures to counter the spread of coronavirus, such as forced isolation and the relocation of entire families, has discouraged people with symptoms from seeking help. The stigma of being labeled a carrier of COVID-19 has contributed to a reluctance to seek treatment.
Edited by Ahlam Mohsen and Casey Coombs