- World Health Organization (WHO) director-general Tedros Ghebreyesus said he will be working from home for the coming days
- He urged people to follow the same example (self-quarantine) in case they suspect they have been exposed to the virus
- Tedros, a biologist from Ethiopia, has been at the helm of WHO since 2017 and became more prominent after the emergence of COVID-19
Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has gone into self-quarantine and will be working from home over the coming days.
Tedros announced that he had taken the measures after he came into close contact with a person who tested positive for Covid-19.
The WHO boss made the announcement early on Monday, November 2 and urged people to follow the same example in case they suspect they had been exposed to the virus.
This, he said, will help "break chains of Covid-19 transmission and suppress the virus" that is in its second wave in several countries across the world.
"I have been identified as a contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. I am well and without symptoms but will self-quarantine over the coming days, in line with WHO protocols, and work from home.
"It is critically important that we all comply with health guidance. This is how we will break chains of Covid-19 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. Together!" he said.
Tedros has been at the helm of the WHO since 2017. He took over leadership of the UN health agency from Margaret Chan whose term as director-general ended on June 30, 2017.
The Ethiopian biologist became known globally after the emergence of the Covid-19which he declared as a global pandemic in early 2020. The first case of coronavirus was reported in Wuhan, China in late 2019 before the disease spread to Europe, USA, Africa and Australia.
Tedros has been at the forefront in the war against the coronavirus pandemic and has been advocating for use of face masks, thorough handwashing and social distancing as effective ways of preventing the disease.
The medic has also stated that even if a vaccine is developed, it will take long before everyone is inoculated and as such asked the world to preparer for a "long haul", adding that "Covid-19 is here to stay".
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