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Yemeni street vendors wait for customers in the southern Yemeni city of Aden on April 27, 2020. Image Credit: AFP

Cairo: Yemen has reported its first two deaths from the novel coronavirus, its health minister told Yemen TV late on Wednesday.

Yemeni authorities also reported multiple coronavirus infections, five, for the first time on Wednesday, after the United Nations said it feared the disease could be spreading undetected in a country where millions face famine and lack medical care.

The new cases were reported in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden, forcing authorities to impose a three-day, 24-hour curfew.

Previously, Yemen had detected only a single case.