ADEN, Yemen, May 9 (Xinhua) -- Local Yemeni authorities on Saturday launched a wide-scale fumigation and cleanliness campaign in the country's southern port city of Aden in an attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus.
"Volunteers from local organizations participated in a large campaign that included sanitation activities and disinfecting many neighborhoods in Aden to fight coronavirus," a local official said on condition of anonymity.
"Due to lack of sanitation in some neighborhoods of Aden, many cases of coronavirus were recorded during the past days," the official said.
He added that "intensifying the hygiene and fumigation measures will reduce the fast spread of diseases in Aden."
On Friday, the internationally-recognized Yemeni government reported nine new cases of COVID-19 in Aden, bringing the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the war-ravaged Arab country to 34, including seven deaths.
The Iran-allied Houthi militia late Friday announced a new case of coronavirus in the capital Sanaa, raising the total number in the country's rebel-held northern provinces to two.
On April 10, the Yemeni government Health Ministry recorded the first case of COVID-19 in Hadramout Province.
The World Health Organization has said Yemen's fragile health system is facing catastrophic shortages after five years of civil war, while COVID-19 supplies in the country are grossly insufficient. Enditem