The coronavirus pandemic could wipe Yemen off the face of the earth. The head of the UN refugee agency in Yemen, Jean-Nicolas Bose, said the country, where the civil war raged for almost five years, is failing to cope with the outbreak of the disease.
He specified that the number of acute patients with suspected coronavirus in the country is growing rapidly. At the same time in Yemen, there is a catastrophic lack of medicines, equipment and doctors themselves. There are no tests either, so the exact number of infected and dead is unknown.
Even before coronavirus, the country had dengue fever, malaria and cholera. Bose notes that the immunity of the population is very low. 80% of the population is in need of humanitarian aid, and because of the pandemic, funding for Yemen by other countries has dropped dramatically.
According to the latest WHO data, more than 4.5 million cases of infection have been registered in the world, more than 307 thousand people have died.