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Yemen: COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Monthly Report (January 2021)

Country: Yemen Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Please refer to the attached file. SITUATION OVERVIEW In January, 22 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, 5 deaths and 32 recoveries were reported, bringing the total number of reported cases to 2,125, with 616 deaths and 1,428 recoveries. Health partners remain concerned that under-reporting continues for various reasons and that the official epi-curve underestimates the extent of COVID-19 in Yemen. Other factors that have had a negative impact on the COVID-19 response include a lack of adaptive behaviour by the population to reduce transmission, severe funding shortages for health workers and personal protective equipment (PPE) and long delays in importing COVID-19 response supplies. Partners continued working towards increasing survei deploying dedicated COVID-19 staff within ag tracking the impact of the virus on routine priority health prog refining messaging to encourage behavioural and boosting intensive care unit (ICU) capacity. Partners have also been working to expand testing capacity through new techno to better characterize epidem and to actively protect essential health services. Partners have begun to prepare for a second wave of COVID-19, including engaging with excluded and vulnerable groups to keep them safe and supporting essential health facilities to ensure they function throughout winter. In 2021, partners will promote COVID-19 vaccination, drawing on the global COVAX initiative, and improve the quality of care, especially at ICU level. The fuel and funding crisis risked exacerbating COVID-19 and the broader humanitarian response


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