Precautious measures taken to keep coronavirus away of Yemen

Aden - Sana'a (Debriefer)
2020-03-08 | Since 2 Year

The Yemeni internationally-recognized government and Houthi group on Saturday adopted a series of measures to keep coronavirus away from Yemen, where the war has triggered the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

The government foreign ministry decided to temporarily suspend until later notice entry visas for any foreigner coming from the epidemic-affected countries, exempting any person proved to be free from coronavirus.

"All national of other countries, who want to visit Yemen through all ports, have to state if they have bee to Iran or any of the coronavirus-hit countries during the last 14 days," the ministry added in a statement carried by the Riyadh-based Saba.

The ministry urged airlines and land transport agencies and UN aviation service to fill in a form revealing travel data of all travellers to Yemen and hand it back to the port management at arrival.

It also called Yemenis to not travel to Iran or any of the countries where the virus has spread.

In Sana'a, Houthi committee for combating epidemics decided that all comers, including UN missions staff, need to undergo medical test.

Arrivals from China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, Japan, Kuwait, Bahrain, Emirates, United States, Palestine and France will undergo a 14-day quarantine.

No coronavirus-infected cases have been registered so far in Yemen.

It would be a catastrophe if the epidemic arrived in Yemen or Syria, UNICEF communication director has said.

"Fortunately, we have no cases," Joliet Toma added, hoping that awareness campaigns on personal hygiene would keep the virus away from these countries.

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