Coronavirus: Five Reasons Why It Is So Bad in Yemen
Coronavirus could spread faster, wider and with deadlier consequences in Yemen than many other countries in the world, the UN says. Here’s five reasons why.
1. It is a country still at war
Since 2015, Yemen has been devastated by conflict, leaving millions of people without access to proper health care, clean water or sanitation – crucial for preventing the virus from spreading.
Vital food, medical and humanitarian supplies have been restricted by a partial land, sea and air blockade put in place by a Saudi-led coalition of countries fighting Houthi rebels – while the rebels themselves have obstructed the distribution of aid.
Not having a central government in charge (rebels drove the government out of the capital and into the south of the country) makes coronavirus harder to contain.