WHO chief to quarantine after contact tests positive for COVID-19

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced Sunday that he will self-quarantine after learning he was in contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19.

“I am well and without symptoms but will self-quarantine over the coming days, in line with @WHOprotocols, and work from home,” Tedros tweeted.

The WHO chief called the guidance on self-isolation vital to mitigating the pandemic, tweeting: “It is critically important that we all comply with health guidance. This is how we will break chains of #COVID19 transmission, suppress the virus, and protect health systems.”

The WHO later clarified that Tedros has not tested positive for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, “contrary to some incorrect reports.”

“Dr Tedros is feeling well and is in self-quarantine as a precautionary measure, in line with WHO protocols,” the agency added in a tweet.

While neither Tedros nor the WHO identified the contact, the agency is based in Switzerland, which has seen a recent spike in cases, The Associated Press noted.

WHO leaders recently delivered their semiweekly news conferences without masks, citing their adherence to distancing protocols. At WHO Europe in Copenhagen, however, top leaders have continued wearing the masks during press conferences, according to the AP.

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