WHO uncovers COVID-19 cluster at its own headquarters in Switzerland

WHO uncovers COVID-19 cluster at its own headquarters in Switzerland


The World Health Organization is dealing with a coronavirus cluster at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland — with a top infection control specialist at the global agency among those testing positive.

A Friday email to staffers obtained by the Associated Press said that five WHO employees, four on the same team, had recently contracted the bug — bringing the total number of agency workers who tested positive to 65 since the start of the pandemic, 49 of them in the past eight weeks.

Although the email did not refer to the new cases as a cluster, two or more cases in the same area are typically classified as such.

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About half of the infected staffers were working from home, but 32 had been working out of the headquarters in Geneva.

One of the affected workers is an infection control specialist on the director general’s leadership team, a staffer told the news service.

The outbreak suggests that infection control measures

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