The director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) has gone into self-quarantine after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement that he had no symptoms but is isolating according to health protocols.
“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,” he said in a tweet.
“My WHO colleagues and I will continue to engage with partners in solidarity to save lives and protect the vulnerable,” he added.
The former Ethiopian health minister noted in his statement that it was “critically important that we all comply with health guidance”.
He adds that by doing so “we will break chains of Covid-19 transmission, suppress the virus, and protect health systems.”
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.
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) November 1, 2020
Dr Tedros has come under criticisms over his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic especially from the United States which accused him of covering up for China.
He is the first African head of the WHO and amid the pandemic and associated criticisms he received support from African countries.