Blog archive: Yemen

  • 17th September 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    There are a few countries in the world where the coronavirus pandemic has not followed the course that scientists expected – and the reasons are puzzling. Yemen is one example in the Middle East and there are others in Africa such as Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan and Somalia...
  • 13th July 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    When the coronavirus swept into the Yemeni city of Aden there was little to stand in its way. The war-torn country was already in the midst of a humanitarian crisis and this time last month people were falling ill and dying in untold numbers. Few received any medical treatment because the...
  • 14th June 2020
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Yemen's health system is "overwhelmed and collapsing" as a result of the coronavirus epidemic, the UN body that coordinates relief in emergencies and natural disasters has warned. People with symptoms are often not receiving health care in Yemen "due to a lack of resources or the inability...
  • 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...

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