The man at the helm of the WHO on Quarantine

The head of the World Health Organization Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Courtesy.

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday he was self-quarantining after someone he had been in contact with tested positive for Covid-19.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he had no symptoms. “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 55-year-old former Ethiopian health minister said “it is critically important that we all comply with health guidance”.

“This is how we will break chains of Covid-19 transmission, suppress the virus, and protect health systems.”

Dr Tedros, as he likes to be known, is the first African head of the WHO.

He has weathered bitter criticism – most notably from the US – of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which the WHO declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) on 30 January.