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WHO Director-General Goes into Self-isolation

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, an Ethiopian biologist and Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has publicly announced his COVID-19 status to the world.

The public health researcher has been the face of WHO’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He and other WHO officials have been at the fore in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic since it broke out early in the year.

He has been working alongside governmental leaders from different parts of the world as well as scientists across the globe, in a bid to curb the spread of the virus and to also come up with working vaccines for the virus.

He had been faulted by President Trump who had accused the WHO of not taking stringent measures against China following her late response to the panndemic.

The WHO DG, however, announced his status in a series of tweets via his verified handle @Dr.Tedros.

He said, ‘I’ve been identified as a contact person of someone who has COVID-19 symptoms. I am well and without symptoms but will self-quarantine over the coming days and self-quarantine from home.’

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He added by saying that, ‘My colleagues and I at WHO will continue to engage with partners in solidarity to save lives and protect the vulnerable.’

The Who DG also stressed the need to follow Covid19 guidelines. In this regard, he stated 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.’

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