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Yemen reports nine new coronavirus cases in Aden, two more deaths

DUBAI (Reuters) – Yemen on Friday reported nine new coronavirus cases in Aden, the interim headquarters of the government, including one death, and said a second person infected in the southern province of Lahaj had died.

This takes the total count in areas under control of the internationally recognized government to 34 infections with seven deaths.

The Huthi movement, which controls the capital Sanaa and most big urban centers, has so far reported one infection, a Somali national who was found dead in a hotel.

Yemen has been divided since the Huthis ousted the Saudi-backed government from power in Sanaa in late 2014, prompting a Saudi-led military coalition to intervene.

The five-year war has shattered the health system and left Yemen’s population weakened by widespread hunger and disease.

Writing by Lisa Barrington; editing by Nick Macfie

Image: FILE PHOTO: A medic wearing a protective suit attends to a patient at the emergency ward of a hospital amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Aden, Yemen April 30, 2020. REUTERS/Wael al-Qubati

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