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Voice of America 18 May 2020

Surge in Deaths Portends Widespread Coronavirus Outbreak in Yemen


Yemen is already suffering from war, famine, and widespread diseases like cholera but aid workers say hundreds of recent deaths in Yemen were likely undiagnosed COVID-19 patients

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