65 Staff members of WHO recorded COVID-19 positive
65 Staff members of WHO recorded COVID-19 positive

The internal email of the World Health Organization reads an official conformation of 65 cases of the coronavirus among staff based at its headquarters, including at least one cluster of infections. The WHO host country Switzerland, and the city of Geneva, is experiencing a surge in the number of cases and the WHO revelation comes shocking in the middle of the possible second wave in Europe. The email said about half of the infections were in people who had been working from home.

And 32 were in staff who had been working on-premises at the headquarters building, which indicates that the health agency's strict hygiene, screening and other prevention measures were not sufficient to spare it from the pandemic. Raul Thomas, Head of Business operations at WHO, emailed staff on Friday pointing that five people, four on the same team and one who had contact with them, had tested positive for COVID-19. "As per standard protocols, these colleagues are receiving the necessary medical attention and are recovering at home," the Raul email on Friday said. 

"These last five cases bring the total reported number of affected members of the Geneva-based workforce to 65 since the beginning of the pandemic". Farah Dakhlallah, a WHO spokeswoman, confirmed the accuracy of the information to a news agency. "All members for the workforce are reminded to always keep proper hand hygiene, respect physical distancing standards (at least one meter) and wear masks, when distancing is not possible," Raul Thomas wrote in a mail. 

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