UN Chief Guterres in isolation after contact with a person infected with Corona

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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is in isolation after his contact tested positive for coronavirus; Courtesy Photo

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is in self-isolation after coming in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Diplomatic sources reported that Guterres, put himself in quarantine for a few days on Tuesday, after he had contact with an official of the international organization, who later turned out to be infected with Covid-19.

His Deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq also confirmed that Guterres, 72, had canceled all his attendance obligations.

“He has shown no symptoms and has initially tested negative. Out of an abundance of caution, he has canceled all his engagements and he will work from home until he is tested on Thursday, Dec. 9,” Haq wrote in a note to the UN press corps on Tuesday.

The secretary-general was originally scheduled to participate in a high-level event for the UN Central Emergency Response Fund on Wednesday and was expected to speak at Thursday’s open debate of the Security Council on security in the context of terrorism and climate change.

Guterres was among the first New York residents to get vaccinated with his first shot in late January 2021 and a second one later on. He received a booster on Nov. 26.

His scheduled attendance as a guest of honor at an annual gala of the UN Correspondents Association in downtown Manhattan on Wednesday night is also likely to be affected.

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