The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Monday that 65 coronavirus infections had occurred among employees at its Geneva headquarters since the pandemic began and that a possible small group of cases was being investigated.
Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical director for COVID-19, said five WHO staff had tested positive in the past week, adding, “All are fine, all have had a mild illness or are asymptomatic.”
Mike Ryan, WHO’s leading emergency expert, said the Swiss cantons of Geneva, where the United States Health Department is located, and the adjacent canton of Vaud “currently have some of the most intense broadcasts in the world“.
“To the best of my knowledge, the cluster under study is the first evidence of possible transmission on WHO premises, but we cannot fully protect ourselves from our own social and other involvements with family and school and so many other things,” he said.
WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus returned from quarantine on Monday after being identified as a contact person for someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
“I was okay, no symptoms. It is now day 17. I followed the protocols. With the absence of symptoms and full follow-up of the protocol, I saw no need for testing. I can assure you that I’m okay and actually very, very busy, “said Tedros.
(Except for the headline, this story was not edited by GossipMantri staff and posted from a syndicated feed.)