As novel coronavirus spreads rapidly almost all over the world, claiming tens of thousands of lives, the World Bank and International Finance Cooperation have allocated 26.7 million dollars to help the Yemeni government tackle COVID-19.
Yemen’s Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Nagib Al-Aweg said the government had asked for international support for its fight against the infectious disease.
Last week, schools, universities, and mosques were suspended in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus beforehand.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), no cases have been recorded in Yemen.
Even though the WHO asserted that suspected cases were checked and reported to be free from the virus, experts still question the fact that Yemen is still COVID-19 free.
Paul Hunter, an infectious disease expert, said it is not impossible that there are cases of coronavirus in war-torn Yemen and Libya since these countries don’t have the health care infrastructure to identify and test such cases.
Yemenis say their fear of a potential outbreak of the pandemic is growing, for it will be nearly impossible to contain in their country, the most impoverished state in the Arabian Peninsula, where the health system is weak and fragile.