Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Two members of WHO staff infected with coronavirus

An official from the World Health Organization said today that two staff members have been confirmed as infected with coronavirus.

The body leading the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic said both employees began showing symptoms at home and were then tested.

News of the pair's diagnosis came as the WHO regional office for Europe said there is a need for bold measures in all European countries, calling the continent the 'epicentre' of the new pandemic.

These new WHO cases are the first at the Geneva-based organisation and follow a confirmed case at the UN office in Geneva as well one at the World Trade Organization last week.

It was not clear if the infected staff were working in the coronavirus response.
Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe, told a press conference: 'Every country, with no exceptions, needs to take their boldest actions to stop or slow down the virus threat.

'Thinking that 'this does not concern me,' is not an option,' Kluge added.