Yemeni gov’t confirms 2 new COVID-19 cases, 1,730 in total

Xinhua News Agency | Aug 1, 2020 at 8:07 PM

ADEN, Yemen, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- The total number of COVID-19 cases in Yemen's government-controlled provinces increased to 1,730 on Saturday, as two new cases were confirmed.

The Yemeni Health Ministry said in a brief press statement that during the past 24 hours, the number of recoveries in the government-controlled areas has increased to 862 since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus on April 10.

Also, the government announced that the death toll from the deadly respiratory disease climbed to 494 in different areas under its control, including the southern port city of Aden.

The Yemeni government called on donors and relevant international humanitarian organizations to provide support to help contain the pandemic.

Yemen has been mired in a civil war since late 2014, when the Iran-backed Houthi group seized control of much of the country's north and forced the internationally-recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi out of Sanaa.