The World Health Organization has presented many data-supported scenarios to Yemen's local authorities to help them have a full image on how COVID-19 may affect 16 million Yemeni men, women and children, the WHO Mideast regional office said Saturday.
The Organization, along with partners, is continually supporting the national counterpart bodies, amid the limited available resources, assuming that the disease is already transmitting at community level across the country, it added in a press release.
Additional resources are now being mobilized, in the context of the global severe shortage in essential supplies and equipment necessary to respond to COVID-19 disease, the release read.
Until Saturday, Yemen has recorded ten confirmed infections of the novel virus, eight in the south and two in the north of the country, including two deaths, according to local authorities. The WHO, however, expects active spread of the virus across the war-torn country.
Coronavirus spread can be fought, if people are early briefed on and warned against the pandemic circulators, and if appropriate measures are put in place to test, trace, isolate and care for the cases, according to the WHO release.
After five years of war, Yemen's health system continues to suffers fragility, weakness and acute shortage in workers. Still, anti-COVID-19 supplies are largely insufficient.
Local authorities have provided capacities needed to test, cure and isolate suspected and confirmed cases, depending on hot lines established across the country and 333 health rapid response teams, the WHO added.