Late Sunday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced via a tweet, that he was self-quarantining after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for the novel coronavirus. 

As cases continue to surge worldwide, WHO Chief stated that he would go into a 14-day, self-quarantine upon coming in contact with a person who had tested positive. The honcho also urged people across the globe to adhere to the same protocol, in order to ensure that the infection doesn’t spread further. As per recent metrics released by the Johns Hopkins University, the coronavirus has totaled at least 46,426,677 worldwide cases and more than 1,199,684 deaths, as of Sunday night.

In his tweet, Tedros said, “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.”

Currently residing in Geneva, where WHO’s headquarters are located, The chief’s announcement came hours after a partial lockdown had been announced on Sunday. The recent lockdown in Geneva follows a sudden uptick in cases and hospitalizations, in what is feared to be the coming of a global second wave. 

Announcing the uptick in cases, the cantonal government stated “On November 1, 474 people were being treated by the University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG), including 56 in intensive care beds (intensive and intermediate care). As a reminder, in mid-October, the HUG had 78 hospitalizations, including 13 in intensive care beds. The figures show that the situation is severely worsening. Over the past few days, more than 1,000 people have tested positive for coronavirus on a daily basis.”

Source: Arab News

As per the mandates, protocols, and guidelines advised by the WHO, it is recommended that all contacts of individuals with a confirmed or probable COVID-19 be quarantined in a designated facility or at home for 14 days from their last exposure. This mandate was mentioned by Tedros soon after he announced his self-quarantine, stressing upon the fact that people across the globe must take this into consideration so as to avoid the looming, disastrous second wave of infections. Tedros continued, tweeting that it was “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. Together!”

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