WORLD Yemen reports first two COVID-19 deaths: health minister

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Yemen reports first two COVID-19 deaths: health minister

Xinhua

09:02, April 30, 2020

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ADEN, Yemen, April 30 (Xinhua) -- Yemen registered its first two deaths from COVID-19, Yemen TV quoted the country's health minister as saying on Wednesday.

Earlier, Yemen reported five new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the southern port city of Aden.

On April 10, Yemen confirmed its first COVID-19 case in the southern province of Hadramout.

United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen Lise Grande on Tuesday warned of a possible rapid spread of COVID-19 in the war-torn country, where a five-year civil war has severely shattered its healthcare system.

"Since the first confirmed COVID-19 case, we have warned that the virus is now in Yemen and may quickly spread," Grande said in a statement.

"The factors are all here: low levels of general immunity, high levels of acute vulnerability and a fragile, overwhelmed health system," she said.

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