The United Nations and Saudi Arabia will host a donor conference on June 2 in a bid to boost support for Yemen [Khaled Abdullah/Reuters]

The new coronavirus is believed to be spreading throughout Yemen, where the healthcare system “has in effect collapsed”, the United Nations has warned as it appealed for urgent funding.

“Aid agencies in Yemen are operating on the basis that community transmission is taking place across the country,” Jens Laerke, spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told a Geneva briefing on Friday.


“We hear from many of them that Yemen is really on the brink right now. The situation is extremely alarming; they are talking about that the health system has in effect

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