Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced last Sunday via Twitter that he has self-quarantined after coming in contact with a Covid-19-positive individual.
“I have been identified as a contact of someone who tested positive for Covid19,” he said in a regularly scheduled Zoom press conference hosted by his colleagues at WHO headquarters in Geneva. “I am well and without symptoms but will self-quarantine in the coming days, in line with WHO protocols.”
According to reports, Tedros would be tested “at the appropriate time”, as the coronavirus takes several days to incubate.
Officials suggested that his infection did not take place in their premises, said technical lead for the coronavirus, Maria Van Kerkhove. She said: “Everything we are recommending to the world we are putting in place here.”
These recommendations include increased teleworking, reduced staff, more hand-washing stations, limited capacity in rooms and offices, temperature checks, symptoms monitoring and mask wearing in outdoor settings.
“There is no zero-risk situation anywhere in the world,” said Mike Ryan, the body’s executive director for health emergencies.
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