In October, 29 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported, 13 deaths and 79 recoveries, bringing the total number of reported cases to 2,067 with 601 deaths and 1,367 recoveries. The numbers of reported cases have fallen from 76 new confirmed cases reported in September and 230 new cases reported in August to 19 in October. 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 surveillance; deploying dedicated COVID-19 staff within agencies; tracking the impact of the virus on routine priority health programmes; refining messaging to encourage behavioural change; and boosting intensive care unit (ICU) capacity. 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. The fuel and funding crisis risked exacerbating the COVID-19 and broader humanitarian response.