Blog archive: Yemen

  • 1st June 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The health minister in one of Yemen's two rival governments has defended its policy of concealing information about the Covid-19 epidemic in the areas it controls. The virus appears to be spreading rapidly throughout the country – many deaths have been reported in the south – but the Houthi...
  • 27th May 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    There used to be about ten burials a day in the cemeteries of Yemen's second city, Aden, but since Covid-19 arrived the number has risen to around 80 a day. Although many of these deaths have not been properly investigated, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) which runs the city's only dedicated...
  • 17th May 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Many people are dying in the Yemen's southern city of Aden and no one is quite sure why. Maybe it's coronavirus but it could be dengue fever, chikungunya, ebola, malaria, pneumonic plague or something else, according to the head of the National Emergency Committee. More than 500 deaths have been...
  • 9th May 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Jordan announced new measures yesterday to stem the spread of Covid-19 infections from neighbouring Saudi Arabia. The move is in response to a new outbreak of the disease which was brought into Jordan by a cross-border truck driver. The driver had been tested at the...
  • 7th May 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Evidence has emerged that the Houthi movement's unrecognised government in northern Yemen is concealing Covid-19 infections even after they have been confirmed by laboratory testing. So far, the Houthis have not acknowledged any cases among Yemenis in the areas they control, though they have...
  • 6th May 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Houthis who rule over much of northern Yemen have now confirmed what many had long suspected: that the Covid-19 virus is present in the territory they control. Yesterday their health minister announced that a man found dead in a hotel in the capital, Sana'a, on Sunday had been...
  • 5th May 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Saudi firms that run into financial trouble because of the coronavirus epidemic will be allowed to cut workers' wages by 40% – and then sack them after six months – under a decision approved by the kingdom's ministry of human resources. In legal terms, it means companies can break existing...
  • 3rd May 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Ten Covid-19 cases have now been confirmed in war-torn Yemen where health services face an increasingly desperate situation. Aside from coronavirus, they are already struggling with at least two other plagues – dengue fever and chikungunya. The seat of the Covid-19 outbreak is the southern...
  • 30th April 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Covid-19 has reappeared in Yemen with the announcement of five new cases in the southern city of Aden. This could scarcely have come at a worse time. Last week the city was declared a disaster area after flash floods swept several people away and caused streets to be bathed in sewage. In the...
  • 24th April 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Yemen is officially clear of coronavirus cases following the recovery of its first – and so far only – Covid-19 patient. A Yemeni man working in the port of ash-Shihr, on the Indian Ocean coast of Hadramaut province, was diagnosed with the virus on April 10. The town was immediately placed under...
  • 11th April 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    While many countries are struggling to raise levels of testing for the Covid-19 virus, the UAE has been pressing ahead and has now carried out almost 600,000 tests. This is far more than any other country in the Middle East and, worldwide, it's surpassed only by the US, Germany, Russia and Italy...
  • 10th April 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Coronavirus has now arrived in Yemen. The country's first case of Covid-19 was reported early today in ash-Shihr, a small port on the Indian Ocean coast of Hadramaut province. Reuters quotes a local official as saying the person diagnosed is a Yemeni who works in the port. Yemen is already in...

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