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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Yemen

08 Apr 2021

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A woman stands with her child at a camp for internally displaced people in Al Dhale’e Governorate, Yemen, February 2020. © OCHA/Mahmoud Fadel-YPN

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 8 April 2021

Yemen

More than 5,000 COVID-19 cases have now been confirmed in Yemen since the start of the pandemic. This number has doubled in the span of just one month, signalling an alarming and dangerous surge in COVID-19.

Fatalities are also on the rise, with almost 1,000 deaths having been recorded so far, a third of which have been confirmed since mid-March.

These figures greatly underestimate the country’s actual disease burden due to limited testing capacities and underreporting, as well as challenges in accessing treatment.

COVID-19 is putting additional pressure on Yemen’s already overstretched health-care system. Only 50 per cent of health-care facilities in the country are fully functional.

Health partners are working hard to scale up support, including through enhanced surveillance, expanded testing and the provision of essential medicines and supplies. Efforts are under way to vaccinate priority groups, following the arrival of the first batch of doses.

More help is urgently needed to stem the tide of COVID-19 and address the many other public health risks facing Yemenis.

Through the 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan, the UN and partners aim to provide health services to 11.6 million people, but they can only do so with adequate support.

As of today, the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan, which is seeking $3.85 billion, is just 13 per cent funded.