“I urge the parties to forgo war and division and build on points of convergence. I call on them to join efforts to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and turn the tide for the sake of the people of Yemen,” Martin Griffiths said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the government Health Ministry on Friday recorded 12 new cases of COVID-19 in southern provinces, bringing the total confirmed cases to 205, including 33 deaths.
The government authorities have taken several measures to contain the outbreak of COVID-19, including imposing a partial overnight curfew in Aden and other main cities.
Yemen has been mired in a civil war since late 2014, when the Iran-backed Houthi group seized control of much of the country’s north and forced the internationally-recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi out of the capital Sanaa.
The five years of civil war has destroyed more than half of the country’s health system.
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