Yemen reports first cases of coronavirus in Al Dhalea province

ADEN: Yemen backed by Saudi Arabia government The first cases of the novel were reported on Thursday in southern Al Dhalea, among 15 new infections that brought the total in areas under its control to 85 with 12 deaths.

The Aden-based government 's coronavirus committee said in a Twitter post that Al Dhalea, the ninth province to record cases, had its first three infections.

The war-ravaged country is divided between the Saudi-backed government based in the south and the Iran-aligned Houthi movement that controls the capital Sanaa and most large urban centers. Houthi authorities have reported only two cases with one death, both in Sanaa.