The Director-General of the World Health Organisation has gone into self-quarantined. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was elected as WHO Director-General for a five-year term by the WHO Member States at the Seventieth World Health Assembly in May 2017.
He is the first WHO Director-General to have been elected from multiple candidates by the World Health Assembly and is the first person from the WHO African Region to serve as WHO’s chief technical and administrative officer.
He stated in a recent tweet that, “I have been identified as a contact of someone who has tested positive for #COVID19. I am well and without symptoms but will self-quarantine over the coming days, in line with WHO protocols, and work from home.”
He went on to say that “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. My WHO colleagues and I will continue to engage with partners in solidarity to save lives and protect the vulnerable.”
The second wave of the COVID 19 pandemic has begun in Europe, a relaxation of lockdowns and the public’s loosening of precautionary behaviours has seen recorded cases and deaths rise across the continent, and governments are now having to clamp down hard as their hospitals fill up once again.