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War-ravaged Yemen reports first case of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has officially struck Yemen, which war and poverty have left with a health care system in shambles.
A girl wears a protective face mask amid fears of the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Sanaa, Yemen March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah - RC2GMF9MKBUS

Yemen reported its first case of COVID-19 today, raising the specter of calamity in the poverty-stricken country whose health care system has been destroyed by five years of conflict.

The patient was identified as a male Yemeni working in the port of Ash Shihr in the southern oil-producing area of Hadhramout, an official committee linked to the internationally recognized government led by President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi announced via Twitter.

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