UN / YEMEN COVID-19 UPDATE

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UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said the number of COVID-19 cases in Yemen has “doubled in just one month signalling an alarming and dangerous surge in the virus.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 08 APRIL 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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08 APRIL 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Moving on to Yemen, over 5,000 COVID-19 cases have now been confirmed since the start of the pandemic. This number has doubled in just one month signalling an alarming and dangerous surge in the virus. Fatalities are on the rise with almost 1000 deaths having been recorded so far. A third of those have been confirmed since mid-March. We know that these figures greatly underestimate the country's actual disease burden due to limited testing capacities and under-reporting, as well as challenges of access to any treatment. Health partners are working hard to scale up the support, including through enhanced surveillance, expanded testing and the provision of essential medicines and supplies. Efforts are underway to vaccinate priority groups, following the arrival of the first batch of doses that I reported on last week. As of today, Yemen's Humanitarian Response Plan which seeking 3.85 billion USD is only 13 per cent funded.”
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UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said the number of COVID-19 cases in Yemen has “doubled in just one month signalling an alarming and dangerous surge in the virus.”

Speaking to reporters in New York today (08 Apr), Dujarric said over 5,000 COVID-19 cases have now been confirmed in Yemen since the start of the pandemic. He added that fatalities are on the rise with “almost 1,000 deaths having been recorded so far. A third of those have been confirmed since mid-March.”

The UN spokesperson said, “We know that these figures greatly underestimate the country's actual disease burden due to limited testing capacities and under-reporting, as well as challenges of access to any treatment.”

He noted that health partners are “working hard to scale up the support, including through enhanced surveillance, expanded testing and the provision of essential medicines and supplies.”

Dujarric added that efforts are underway to vaccinate priority groups, following the arrival of the first batch of doses. He said Yemen's Humanitarian Response Plan “which seeking 3.85 billion USD is only 13 per cent funded,” as of today.
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