UN Secretary-General’s spokesperson positive for COVID-19
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres worked from his New York home on Wednesday after the announcement that his chief spokesperson and several others the senior diplomat had been in contact with had tested positive for COVID -19.
It was the second time in less than a week that the United Nations had declared that Guterres had potentially been exposed to the coronavirus.
Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric informed reporters in an email Wednesday evening that he had tested positive earlier in the day during “routine tests for work”. He noted that he was “fully vaccinated and boosted” and had very mild symptoms.
Dujarric gave his daily press briefing in person on Tuesday.
Guterres, 72, is also fully vaccinated and received his booster on November 26.
He was due to address reporters in person on Thursday, but in a follow-up note Dujarric said it would be online instead because the UN chief “has contacted a number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 ”. Dujarric said the secretary general “has not shown any symptoms and has tested negative today”.
COVID-19 cases have increased in New York this month. Nearly 6 million New Yorkers are fully immunized, or about 71% of the population, according to data from the city’s health department. The omicron variant has also been detected in the city.